Big Gay Rainbows Over New Zealand. ~ Olivia Gray

Via on Apr 24, 2013

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Last week, New Zealand Parliament passed a bill approving marriage equality.

Before the final vote, the Pakuranga representative, Maurice Williamson, delivered a brilliantly hilarious speech on why the bill was getting his vote.

“All we are doing with this bill is allowing two people who love each other to have that love recognized by way of marriage.

That is all we are doing.

We are not declaring nuclear war on a foreign state, we are not bringing a virus in that could wipe out our agriculture sector forever; we are allowing two people who love each other to have that recognized….

I give a promise to those who are opposed to this bill right now, I give you a water-tight, guarantee promise: the sun will still rise tomorrow, your teenage daughter will still argue back with you as if she knows everything, your mortgage will not grow, you will not have skin diseases or rashes or toads in your bed; the world will just carry on.

So don’t make this into a big deal. This is fantastic for the people it affects, but for the rest of us, life will go on.”

~ Maurice Williamson

Maybe we could learn to use that type of humor and logic over here, on the other side of the world.

It’s time.

It’s really time that we stop making marriage equality into a powerful political tool, and that we realize it will all be okay—I promise it really will be—if we allow everyone the opportunity to affirm their love through marriage.

And apparently, when your country does legalize gay marriage, it is only appropriate to break into song.

After the bill was passed, the entire room joined in a rousing rendition of the Maori love song “Pokarekare Ana”


(The woman who seems to be an object of attention in the video is the representative who sponsored the bill, Louisa Wall.)

 

 

 

 

 

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About Olivia Gray

Olivia Gray does everything possible to disprove the theory that youth is wasted on the young. She is a world traveler, inspired by exotic places and new faces, unknown customs and foreign tongues. Her work has included fostering infants in West Africa, island-hopping across South-East Asia, developing rural healthcare in Madagascar, building homes in the Philippines, and sunbathing in South America. Visit her website to glimpse into her wanderlust.

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One Response to “Big Gay Rainbows Over New Zealand. ~ Olivia Gray”

  1. dejah says:

    Love this! So inspiring/touching.

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