Swinging MPs in firing line

NZ Herald 11 Feb 2013
Opponents of a law change to allow same-sex marriage are stepping up their campaign, targeting MPs they feel may change their vote at the bill’s next hurdle.

Conservative lobby group Family First has published 100,000 leaflets which list the arguments against the passing of Labour MP Louisa Wall’s private member’s bill.

They also list politicians who have voted inconsistently on legislation which affected marriage or had spoken against gay marriage.

Director Bob McCoskrie said the pamphlet aimed to empower opponents of the bill and highlight that many politicians could turn against it after the select committee stage.

“This is really the third time they have voted on marriage, or redefining marriage, so to speak. Within the National Party it appears they voted a particular way and now they’re voting differently.”

He said the party was having an “identity crisis” on the bill, which was decided by a personal vote, while all other parties were mostly united in their support or opposition.

The six-page pamphlet showed that many MPs had backed gay marriage after previously voting against civil unions in 2004 or a private member’s bill which aimed to define marriage as between a man and a woman
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