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New Zealand MPs join protest against gay marriage

Two MPs have taken part in a protest against gay-marriage that involved people holding placards that likened gay people to animals.

 
 

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TWO MPs have taken part in a protest against gay-marriage that involved people holding placards that likened gay people to animals.

The protest was held in South Auckland at the weekend, featuring hand-written posters saying “lesbi/gay copy … animals” and claiming any MPs who supported the bill to legalise same-sex marriage were mentally ill.

The two MPs who joined the march were National’s Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, who sits on the Parliamentary group that will look at public submissions for and against the Marriage Amendment Bill, and Labour’s Su’a William Sio, who has raised the ire of many in his party by claiming they would lose Pacific Island votes if they voted in favour of same-sex marriage.

The demonstrators in Mangere included busloads of Tongan Christians.

There were comments from those in the crowd that New Zealand should learn from Sodom and Gomorrah, and references to “Adam and Steve” drew laughter, APNZ reported.

After speaking to the crowd, Bakshi said his attendance didn’t get in the way of his select committee membership, and it was common knowledge he had voted against the bill’s first reading.

“There’s nothing to hide.”

“You can see the sentiments of the people … they are 100 per cent against this amendment.”

He said most ethnic MPs opposed gay marriage.

“We understand that God made us and we are firm believers (that) marriage is between a man and woman,” Bakshi told the crowd of around 250. “I tell you, the majority of the National Party MPs voted against this bill. There were only three Labour party MPs who voted against this bill. So you can understand who believes in Christianity, who believes in this bill. It is the National Party.”

He later acknowledged most National MPS had supported the bill.

Labour’s Ruth Dyson, who chairs the Parliamentary committee, said she had no objection to Bakshi participating in the protest.

 

 
 

 
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