When my hate speech becomes your freedom to speak

Louisa Wall outside Parliament House before bringing her marriage amendment bill before the house

Last week, I watched the Parliamentary debate around the first reading of the Marriage Amendment Bill sponsored by Labour MP Louisa Wall; squeezed in-between bills to tighten up water discharge under the Resource Management Act and tweaks to minimum wage legislation.  Basically, Louisa’s bill involves rewording the current legislation on marriage so that it cannot be specifically used to exclude lesbian and gay couples from obtaining a marriage license.  (If you need a primer on same-sex marriage and legislation in New Zealand, it’s here.)

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