Kiwis back gay marriage – poll 7 June 2012
Nearly two-thirds of New Zealanders back a legal change to allow gay marriage, a new poll suggests. The 63 per cent behind same-sex marriage in a TVNZ poll released last night has fuelled calls for Parliament to introduce legislation for the change. Green Party MP Kevin Hague said he planned to introduce a bill at the next member’s ballot, but would be happy for the Government to adopt his measure. “It is time for New Zealand to amend our laws to reflect the change in society’s views on same-sex marriage,” Hague said. “Twice as many New Zealanders now support same sex marriage as oppose it.” The former Labour-led Government passed a law allowing civil unions between same-sex couples in 2004 but gay marriage has since largely fallen off the political agenda in New Zealand.