Last night, between the Supreme Court considering the Prop 8 and DOMA cases in the US, little old NZ started the sprint toward the final hurdle in our own Marriage Equality hurdle.
It was the whole house committee stage for our bill, where any MP could suggest amendments to the bill prior to it’s third and final reading.
The proposed amendments amounted to basically two things. Firstly that the issue be decided in a referendum. These amendments however were out of order as the house had rejected this at the second reading thank goodness. The remainder were around extending a clause whereby religious bodies and associated celebrants could use sexual orientation as a reason to decline performing a ceremony under freedom of religion to every civil celebrant. These were all voted down.
This means that the bill is headed back to Parliament for it’s final reading in exactly the same form as the second reading, where it was affirmed with a nearly 2 to 1 majority.
April is shaping up to be a big month around here. In just 2 weeks and 2 days, our boy will turn 2 (!!!). 3 days after that we will celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary, and possibly the next day after that could be the final reading and decision for Marriage Equality.
Come on, April!