Govt can’t redefine marriage – McCoskrie

3 News 11 May 2012
Prime Minister John Key coming out saying he isn’t  personally opposed to same-sex marriage has prompted a lobby group to question  the state’s right to re-invent marriage. Mr Key was asked about the issue after US president  Barack Obama said he supports same-sex marriage, ending a period of equivocation  on a divisive issue. “I am not personally opposed to gay marriage,” Mr Key said. “It’s possible that Parliament may consider a member’s  bill at some stage, but it is not on the government’s agenda.” Mr Key’s position has triggered a response from lobby  group Family First, which says the state didn’t invent marriage and has no  authority to re-invent it.

“A homosexual cannot now legally marry. But neither  can a whole lot of other people,” the group’s national director, Bob McCoskrie,  said. “A five-year-old boy cannot marry. Three people cannot  get married to each other. A married man can’t marry another person. Two old  aunties living together cannot marry. A father cannot marry his adult daughter.  A football team cannot enact group marriage – the list is endless.” Being pro-marriage and wanting to maintain its  definition as being between a man and a woman was not “anti-gay”, Mr McCoskrie  said. Mr Key earlier said he didn’t think there was any  clamour for gay marriage in New Zealand. Labour leader David Shearer says he personally  supported marriage equality. Civil unions between same-sex couples have been  allowed in New Zealand since 2005.
http://www.3news.co.nz/Govt-cant-redefine-marriage—McCoskrie/tabid/1607/articleID/253892/Default.aspx#ixzz1uW2ERWqe

Lobbyists for gay marriage hope issue will be revisited
Radio NZ Morning Report 10 May 2012
Responding to Barack Obama’s public support for gay marriage Prime Minister John Key says he also has no problem with same-sex marriage.
http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2518391/lobbyists-for-gay-marriage-hope-issue-will-be-revisited.asx

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