posted on Apr, 17 2013 @ 09:14 AM
I'd seriously like to know what rights, under the law, marriage gives a gay couple in NZ that they didn't have before.
New Zealand law is very clear that the civil union and de facto relationships are considered equal to marriage.
There was never anything stopping gay couples in New Zealand holding a ceremony to celebrate their union.
In light of this, I seriously can not see how anyone can say that marriage has nothing to do with religion, or the marriage ceremony is not connected
to spiritual beliefs.
I also struggle to understand the motivation behind a gay couple desiring to be married seeing as they already have every right and privilege under
the law, they are free to hold a ceremony, they can adopt children etc.
I'm not being argumentative here. I seriously don't get it.
As far as North America is concerned, maybe it's a different situation. Reading the post above about the implications for churches etc makes sense. I
know of many, many churches across Canada who are changing their policy on holding marriage ceremonies in response to this legislation.
As a church is private property, they have the right to choose who and who they do not rent out their buildings to. This means the churches are
introducing policy where they only make their premises and ministers available to people who are members of their congregation and affiliated
The unintended consequence of this legislation is that the everyday heterosexual couple who wishes to be married in a church will be prevented from
doing so. Not a bad thing at all in my opinion, but it's likely to enrage a lot of the majority.
edit on 17-4-2013 by UnderGetty because: (no reason given)