Bruce Logan: Same-sex marriage threatens civil liberty

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NZ Herald 29 Aug 2012 Same sex marriage is not an issue of equality nor the success of any couple’s marriage. It is not about the value or validity of homosexuality. The issue is about the link between the state and marriage in civil society. Who decides what marriage is and what it’s for? Marriage […]

More MPs opposing gay marriage

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NZ Herald 29 Aug 2012 A bill to legalise gay marriage is expected to clear its historic first hurdle this evening, but the battle lines have been clearly drawn as lobby groups and a growing number of MPs declare their opposition. Sixty-four MPs have said they will back the amendment to marriage legislation ahead of […]

Collins toughens child porn laws

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3 News 28 Aug 2012 Justice Minister Judith Collins has announced tough new laws  to combat child pornography. They include doubling the maximum sentence for having child  porn and the introduction of a new offence of indecent communication with a  child. When child porn laws were last updated, photos and film were  easier to intercept. […]

Audio: Grant Illingworth re churches allowing gay marriages on Radio Live


28 August 2012 LISTEN

Bill ‘forces same-sex marriages on church’ – lawyer

Marriage 28 Aug 2012 Church ministers with a moral objection to gay marriage would be criminalised by refusing to wed same-sex couples if a new bill becomes law, a legal opinion states. The view of Ian Bassett on Louisa Wall’s ”marriage equality” bill, commissioned by conservative lobby group Family First, was released today. It came […]

50,000 sign against gay marriage

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LISTEN Bob McCoskrie on Newstalk ZB with Larry Williams NZ Herald 28 Aug 2012 Opponents of Labour MP Louisa Wall’s Marriage Amendment Bill say it could open the way for polygamy, incestuous relationships and breaches of the Human Rights Act. Anti-gay marriage lobbyists and religious groups are making a last minute appeal to Government to […]

Pastors pile pressure on MP over gay marriage bill

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NZ Herald 28 Aug 2012 Labour MP Louisa Wall has come under intense pressure in her own electorate, with a large group of churches issuing a strongly worded warning to drop her bill to legalise same-sex marriage. Twenty-five pastors from South Auckland churches signed a letter to the MP for Manurewa saying they oppose her […]

Marriage commissioners must wed same-sex couples (Canada)

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The Globe and Mail (Canada) 18 Jan 2011 The Saskatchewan government says “no” is not an option for marriage commissioners who are unwilling to wed same-sex couples. At least one commissioner says the province will have to fire him if that’s the case. Justice Minister Don Morgan says marriage commissioners are getting letters informing them […]

Key admits blunder over euthanasia comments

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Key admits blunder over euthanasia comments ONE News 27 Aug 2012 Prime Minister John Key has backed away from his comments about euthanasia, saying his language on the sensitive issue was “a bit sloppy”. Key last week said “there is a lot of euthanasia that effectively happens in our hospitals”. The comment angered doctors who […]

Tests reveal most crash drivers had taken drugs

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NZ Herald 27 August 2012 More than half the drivers taken to hospital after causing a crash were found to have drugs in their system, a study has found. The Ministry of Transport study used blood samples taken from 453 drivers who caused crashes. Drugs were detected in the systems of 258 drivers, analysis by […]