Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill - Third Reading - Part 20 (by inthehouseNZ)
The gallery breaks into a traditional Maori love song on the passage of marriage equality in NZ.
Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill - Third Reading - Part 20 (by inthehouseNZ)
The gallery breaks into a traditional Maori love song on the passage of marriage equality in NZ.
Labour MP Louisa Wall, the bill’s sponsor, which could be passed as soon as April, after which there would be a four-month stand-down before marriages could take place.
Tens of thousands turned out to watch members of the New Zealand military march in uniform for the first time in Saturday’s Auckland Pride parade.
It was the first time that Auckland had hosted an LGBT pride parade since 2001 when the city’s annual Hero Parade ceased due to lack of funding.
This year’s Auckland Pride parade followed the same route as the Hero Parade – along Ponsonby Street – and terminated in Victoria Park for a large public party.
Members of the New Zealand Defence Force’s Overwatch LGBT peer support network were given permission to march in their uniforms for the first time in an LGBT pride march anywhere in New Zealand this year and were a crowd favorite.
One of those who marched, Airforce squadron leader Stu Pearce, told Radio New Zealand that there had been a serious message behind their participation in the parade despite the carnival atmosphere.
‘It sends a strong message to those men and women within the Defense Force who are perhaps struggling with their identity,’ Pearce said.
‘They might feel that they’re isolated or alone.’
Members of both the country’s Labour and Greens parties also marched in the parade – including the Labour Party’s deputy leader, Grant Robertson.
Openly gay Greens MP Kevin Hague and lesbian Labour MP Louisa Wall were joined on the lead float by the US Ambassador to New Zealand, David Huebner, and his same-sex partner – and by reigning Mr Gay World and Aucklander Andy Derleth.
This year’s parade was made possible by funding from the city council and the Mayor of Auckland, Len Brown, has promised the event will return in 2014.
File under: WWJD?
Peter Mortlock, head of Auckland’s City Impact Church, has emailed his flock asking them to rig a New Zealand poll on marriage equality by casting multiple votes.
New Zealand’s foreign affairs and sport minister Murray McCully’s website poll asks ‘Do you support or oppose the proposed legislation that would make it possible for same-sex couples to marry?’
In the email, Mortlock, who is known for his passionate anti-gay stance said: ‘Since we are able to vote as many times as we like I’d encourage you to place your votes and keep checking back’, reported the portal GayNZ.com.
In 2004, Mortlock and his fellow Impact pastor Paul Adams claimed that they were fasting over a three week period so that God will ‘strike down’ the New Zealand’s Civil Unions bill.
The bill, however, passed into law allowing legal recognition of same-sex relationships.
According to the portal GayNZ.com, McCully’s ministerial staff quickly spotted the attempt to skew his poll and have taken steps to delete multiple votes.
Ana Samways of the New Zealand Herald dubbed the incident as ‘poll shenanigans’, adding: ‘Rigging a poll doesn’t seem very Christian does it?’
As of this morning (16 January) the poll shows 64.1% of respondents in favour of the Marriage Equality bill, with 35.9% respondents opposing it.
The poll does not indicate how many votes have been counted.
On 29 August 2012, the Marriage Equality bill passed its first reading in the country’s parliament on a conscience vote with 80 votes in favour, 40 votes against, and one abstention.
The bill was subsequently referred to the Government Administration Select Committee for further consideration and public input.
Public submissions for the bill closed on 26 October 2012, with early estimates show a majory of submissions in support of the bill.
The select committee must report back to the parliament by 28 February 2013 (unless an extension is granted) on whether the bill should be passed or not, and any amendments that should occur to the bill.
A second reading in parliament has been tentatively scheduled for Wednesday 20 March, with a third and final reading possible in May this year.
Now New Zealand, like Australia, allows for an X on passports although I’m not sure about this articles assertion that NZ’s trans* polpulation is ‘tiny’.
New Zealand’s tiny transgender community is celebrating a quiet change that allows people to change their gender on their passports by a simple declaration.
The change, which came into force on Friday without any public announcement, allows people to state their gender as male, female or “X” (indeterminate/unspecified), without the need to change their birth certificates or citizenship records.
“It’s amazing,” said Joey Macdonald, an Auckland mental health worker who changed the gender on his passport from female to “X” and who chairs the transgender support group GenderBridge.
“It means that on this particular provision, New Zealand is leading the way and is one of the leading countries in terms of reducing barriers to having a national identity document for transpeople.”
A Human Rights Commission report recommended in 2008 that people should have the right to change their gender on their passports and other documents.
The law was changed in 2009 to allow changes from male to female or vice versa by a declaration from the Family Court, and a change from either gender to “X” by a statutory declaration. A Family Court declaration is still required for a male/female gender change on citizenship documents, but this policy is under review.
A Passport Office spokesman said gender changes on passports could now be made purely by a statutory declaration stating a person’s preferred sex or gender identity and how long they have had that identity.
The passport application form still asks people to tick either male or female and gives no indication of any other option, but the spokesman said the “X” option was known to the transgender community.
The commission report said about 400 people recorded their gender as “X”. Mr Macdonald, 28, changed his passport to “X” two months ago and has just been to Melbourne and back without raising any eyebrows.
He said he grew up happily as a girl at Bethells Beach without the need to question his identity.
Gay marriage has strengthened Canadian society, an Anglican Church leader visiting Dunedin’s St Paul’s Cathedral said yesterday.
The Very Rev Dr Peter Elliott, rector of Christ Church Anglican Cathedral, in Vancouver, preached in St Paul’s Cathedral yesterday.
His visit is part of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) under way in Auckland.
While he did not believe in commenting on a country’s domestic politics, Dr Elliott, who is gay, told the Otago Daily Times legalising gay marriage had increased respect and tolerance in Canada.
A private member’s Bill to legalise same-sex marriage passed its first reading in New Zealand’s Parliament in August.
Dr Elliott said his sexual orientation was not a major issue, except to a small number of people for whom it raised questions.
Dr Elliott is the author of Faith, Vocation and Intimacy: My Journey from Secrecy to Openness.
Speaking to parishioners in a special session after the service, Dr Elliott said he was impressed by the cultural diversity of the New Zealand Anglican Church.
He surmised a lack of tension at this year’s council meeting might be a consequence of its setting in New Zealand, where differences and diversity seemed to be accepted.
Asked how well Canadian Anglicans worked with other faiths, Dr Elliott said two big rallying points were homelessness, and opposition to gambling.
Held every three years, the ACC is one of the four “instruments of communion” providing a focal point for Anglicans.
It runs from October 27-November 7.
Bills to legalize same-sex marriage have been successful in their first votes in both the Tasmanian and New Zealand parliaments, with Tasmania also voting to legalize surrogacy arrangements and New Zealand set to vote on a bill to legalize adoption by same-sex couples.
A same-sex marriage bill passed in a vote of 80-40 in the New Zealand Parliament and will now be examined by a select committee before returning for another vote.
MPs from all of New Zealand political parties except the anti-immigration New Zealand First party voted for the bill.
Only two members of the opposition New Zealand Labor Party voted against the bill and 29 MPs from the ruling New Zealand National Party.
The news comes alongside an announcement that the New Zealand Parliament will soon debate a bill allowing couples in same-sex civil unions to adopt children.
Currently only heterosexual married or de facto couples and single people regardless of sexuality can adopt in New Zealand.
The adoption bill by NZ Labour’s Jacinda Ardern will mean gays and lesbians will be able to co-adopt their partners’ children or adopt as couples.
Later in the day the Australian state of Tasmania passed legislation to regulate surrogacy arrangements and held its first vote on a marriage equality bill.
Under the new rules, a surrogate must be over 25 years and must have had children of her own before entering into a surrogacy arrangement.
The move will benefit both infertile heterosexuals and same-sex couples and its passing bodes well for the eventual success of the same-sex marriage bill in the Tasmanian Upper House, which was passed in the Lower House around 7pm Sydney time.
Tasmanian opposition leader Will Hodgman spoke against the bill and most of his fellow Liberal MPs absented themselves from the chamber during debate, but the bill passed 13-11 all the same.
During debate on the bill Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings said her state had an opportunity ‘to lead the nation.’
‘At the core of this debate is the belief that we are all equal before the law, and where the law prejudices one person over another change is required.’
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand lawmakers on Wednesday overwhelmingly cast a first vote in favor of a gay marriage law that was given impetus by President Barack Obama’s public support of the issue.
The 80 to 40 vote in front of a packed and cheering public gallery was the first of three votes Parliament must take before the bill can become law, a process that typically takes several months and allows the public to weigh in. Only a simple majority was needed to ensure a second vote, and the margin is a strong indication that the law will be passed.
Should New Zealand pass the measure into law, it would become the 12th country since 2001 to recognize same-sex marriages. Some states in the U.S. also recognize such marriages, but the federal government does not.
Polls indicate about two-thirds of New Zealanders support gay marriage. It also has the support of most of the country’s political leaders.
New Zealand already has in place same-sex civil union laws that confer many legal rights to gay couples, although activists argue those laws don’t give them equal social status. One important change under the proposed legislation, however, is that same-sex married couples could jointly adopt a child, something they can’t do under current laws.
Radio New Zealand (RNZ) reported this morning that the gay marriage bill currently in parliament will pass its first reading.
According to RNZ’s straw poll, 58 MPs have decided to definitely vote yes on the bill and of those who are undecided ‘enough said they were leaning towards yes to get numbers over the 61 votes required’ the news report said.
Louisa Wall, the MP who sponsored the bill, said on the Morning Report radio show that she was ‘thrilled’ at the news but disappointed that a couple of her fellow Labour MPs said they would vote against it.
‘One of the principles of the Labour Party is we recognize the rights of all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity,’ Wall said.
‘But I understand the conscience vote and people express that from a very personal perspective and I will respect the right of my colleagues who hold particular religious views.’
After the first reading, likely to be held this month, the bill will be sent to a select committee. These committees usually invite public submissions and take six months to examine new proposals of legislation. The bill will then be read, debated and voted on in parliament for a second time.
Prime Minister John Key said he will support the legislation in the first reading and he didn’t think anything would stop him voting for it later on.
Leader of minority party NZ First Winston Peters said yesterday that he is pushing for a referendum on the issue. That means he has to either convince the government to hold one or collect signatures from 10% of eligible voters.
‘At the end of the day I think there’s a consensus in New Zealand that a discussion should take place,’ said Wall about Peters’ referendum proposal.
‘The first reading will ensure it goes to a select committee and then we will know formally what New Zealanders think about marriage equality.’
The New Zealand government is reviewing gender options on passports and looking into more flexibility for transgender citizens.
The Department of Internal Affairs suggests that New Zealanders can chose M, F or X to describe their gender, with only a statutory witness declaration needed as confirmation, not a medical certificate.
If a transgender person changes identity on the passport, it would be shown on that document only and not on birth certificates or citizenship records.
Currently the Births, Deaths and Marriages Act 1995 legislates that an adult or guardian of a child can apply to have their birth certificate changed to a different gender.
The Department is asking for views about these proposals from those affected and expects to implement a new policy in September 2012.
Gay Ugandan Steven Kasiko sought refuge in New Zealand after the country’s newspaper Rolling Stone outed him and 100 other ‘homos’, accompanied by the tagline ‘hang them’.
Kasiko explained to the New Zealand Herald how difficult it was to grow up in Uganda aware that his sexual orientation was a criminal offence.
‘I told them I had different interests I wanted to pursue,’ he told the Herald, remembering the time his father tried to marry him to a woman.
The Rolling Stone publication carried Kasiko’s address and picture, after which he could no longer remain in his country.
After receiving death threats, he felt unable to go to work. Fearing for his safety, Kasiko left his job, boyfriend and friends behind and headed to New Zealand.
Outraged protesters marched into the offices of a newspaper in Wellington, New Zealand, today, accusing the publication of transphobia.
In the article, which was featured in yesterday’s edition of the paper and criticizes trans parents, McLeod claims trans men are women and repeatedly uses ‘he/she’ when referring to a transgender person.
Anger soon erupted on Twitter and Facebook and this lunchtime saw dozens of people gather outside the paper’s offices waving banners reading ‘Transphobia is bullshit’.
The protesters then marched into the building, continuing to chant ‘Hey, hey, ho ho transphobia’s got to go’ and ‘We’re here, we’re queer, we’re fabulous, don’t fuck with us’.
‘They’re just profiting off bigotry,’ says Queer Avengers activist Emily Haskell.
‘It happens throughout the media and we won’t stand for it.’
One furious reader, Chrisana Love, posted her views on the protest’s Facebook page, saying ‘Another willfully ignorant, entitled boomer spouting a bunch of dangerous, uneducated and straight up unprofessional shit in the mainstream media.’
In their own coverage of the story, Dominion Post editor Bernadette Courtney defended the column, saying it was originally published on dompost.co.nz and in print was clearly identified as opinion or comment.
She said: ‘The piece represents Ms McLeod’s opinion and, while I accept that not everyone would agree with it, and may even have been affronted by it, I believe that when balanced against the principle of free expression, it would have been going a step too far to have banned it.’
However, Michelle Joy Walmsley posted on Facebook that the decision to publish the article was ‘shameful’.
She said: ‘It’s a terrible thing that people still hold these views but that a mainstream newspaper with wide circulation felt it was appropriate to publish this ill-informed utter nonsense, which by the way is appallingly written as well, is beyond my comprehension.’
And on Twitter, Craig Ranapia, @CMRanapia, said: ‘I’ll break it down for you @DomPost in tiny words. McLeod’s “opinions” are her own. Decision to run editorial #transphobia yours. OWN IT.’
Campaigners are now demanding the newspaper give offended LGBT readers the write to respond by publishing their letters of complaint.
“…transgender goats are born naturally from time to time…”
I suspect ‘intersexed’ or ‘transsexual’ would have been a better word choice as I doubt goats have gender. Regardless, one has to ask WHY?
Photo: Cuvée Corner / CC
As you probably already know, male goats are called bucks or billies, and female goats are called does or nannies, but the results of some strange genetic modification have given rise to a new term altogether, “goys” — transgender goats which are essentially females in male bodies. Scientists working for a genetic research institute in New Zealand have begun breeding for these transgender goats, equipped with full male anatomy, in order to see if the milk they produce will bear similarities with human breast milk.
Oh goy, this can’t be good.
According to Steffan Browning, an official from New Zealand’s Soil and Health Department who recently toured the facility, operated by AgResearch, around 75 percent of the goats bred there are females trapped in the bodies of sterile males. Browning raised concerns about the work being done there, which includes various bioengineering experiments and pharmacological studies — namely that the transgender modifications could find their way into the broader goat gene pool or even on to other species.
In fact, he wants to see the facility closed immediately.
On the other hand, AgResearch general manager Dr. Jimmy Suttie apparently sees nothing wrong with the work he and his bio-engineering colleagues are up to. He says that transgender goats are born naturally from time to time — it just so happens that they’ve decided to breed for this trait specifically in order to test out the milk they produce for traces of human protein. That’s right, they’re milking billy goats in hopes that human-like milk will come out them.
“We take animal ethics very, very seriously at AgResearch,” says Dr. Suttie, in a report from The New Zealand Herald. All these experiments are supervised by vets and the animal ethics committee, and they have given us no concerns at all.”
Oddly enough, this isn’t the first time bioscience has attempted to get other animals to make milk with human-like proteins. Researchers working with cows in China recently modified bovine genes to produce substances which contain many nutrients found in breast-milk vital to the development of healthy immune systems.
While the mucking around with the genes of female animals to produce milk designed for humans is mad-science-y enough, creating a breed of female goats trapped in the bodies of males capable of lactating is all sorts of wrong.
I’d say it really gets my goat, but frankly I’m afraid to think what they’d do with it.