NZ Celebrities engage in the Marriage Equality debate

A list of pretty high profile New Zealanders have lent their names, faces and opinions to a campaign supporting marriage equality.

In the 90 seconds you see…
Tamati Coffey (TV Presenter) and his partner Tim Smith
Anika Moa, Hollie Smith, Boh Runga (Musicians)
Rachel Hunter (NZ’s Got Talent Judge/Supermodel)
Brooke Howard Smith (TV Presenter) his partner Amber Peebles (Radio DJ)
Nigel Latta (Psychologist)
Danyon Loader (Olympian)
Jason Kerrison (Musician)
Jason Fa’afoi (TV Presenter) and his partner Anna and their son Charlie
Pearl McGlashan (Actress)
Ali Campbell (Musician)
Alison Mau (TV Presenter)
Orene Ai’I (Rugby Player)
Dame Cath Tizard (Former Governor General)
Mike King (Talkback host/Comedian)
Oliver Driver (Actor/Presenter)
Richie Hardcore (DJ)
Turumakina Duley (Tattoo Artist)
Amy Usherwood (Actress)
Nick Dwyer (Radio DJ)

But the person I want to mention is Nigel Latta, this is what he says near the beginning of the video.

“See I thought we lived in a free country, I thought my kids were growing up in a place where everyone has the same rights.”

I’d be interested in your thoughts on this, please feel free to respectfully engage in this conversation in the comments below.

6 thoughts on “NZ Celebrities engage in the Marriage Equality debate

  1. Mike Houlding December 6, 2012 / 17:50

    You seem to be throwing caution to the wind Pat, now that you are on your way.

    The “same rights” tactics is a straw man. It has been answered many times. Any of the nouveaux Citizens for Rowling celebrities can marry. They can’t of course marry another of the same sex. Neither can I. In this respect we do all have the same rights.

    Adoption is the issue Pat – and it’s probably only me – but I feel a chill when I consider the possibility of 2 men adopting a baby girl.

    Weird eh ?

  2. coNZervative December 6, 2012 / 17:55

    I think there should be equality and we should end all discrimination. To be consistent three adult people who love each other should be allowed to marry and call their relationship a marriage. After all, NZ is “progressive” “equal” and wants a free society treating everyone equally. Facetiousness should also be lauded. ~ J.

  3. Ray December 6, 2012 / 17:59

    He obviously hasn’t spoken to a white, non-disabled male.
    Then he would know, not everyone has the same rights in New Zealand.
    Due to the PC world we live in.

  4. penash December 6, 2012 / 18:07

    Separate but equal is not equal. One law for all is what is fair and needed. I know you are a believer but I am a very staunch atheist, I think people should live their life as they wish to, dictated to by whatever god they believe in, but I do not want their beliefs in any way to affect my life or someone else’s.

    It is about adoption, but it is also about respect. I was out last weekend with a group of younger gay guys who were struggling with coming out and their family reactions, they all said that the fact that the government was considering this made them feel very empowered and proud to be who they are. A number had contemplated suicide, but to feel validated was huge.

    I have a number of gay friends of both genders with boys and girls. It’s not one bit chilling, it’s adorable. Also documented gay child abuse is virtually at nil.

    The word marriage has no set in stone definition, it has changed hugely for centuries and will continue to evolve. Time doesn’t stand still and neither do definitions.

    I don’t know if someone will change their mind just because Brook Hoaward Smith has said something, but I feel strongly about their right to say it and I believe it’s a great thing for them to say. Mainly for those struggling out there with bigotry, so they feel accepted for who they are.

    • Pat Brittenden December 6, 2012 / 19:49

      Hey Penny, lovely to see you. Be nice to catch up sometime 🙂

      I’m not sure about how ‘being a believer (whatever that exactly means)’ has to do with pigeon-holing people in this conversation. I know people who dig-on-Jesus who both support, and do not support marriage equality.

      David Pocock, Australian Rugby captain, and happy-clappy out there wack Christian wrote this…

      “A few years ago I was in a public campaign challenging homophobia in sport and have since gone on to say publically that I support equal rights regardless of sexuality – including the right to marry. My “wife” Emma and I have journeyed with friends who have experienced the pain of being rejected for being lesbian and gay, so when we got married we decided to have a Christian marriage (before God, our faith community, family and friends) but not to have a state marriage (that is a legal marriage), precisely because this is denied to friends who are lesbian and gay. I’m supportive of gay marriage, not despite my faith in Jesus, but because of it.”

      I think both sides of this conversation need to be cautious not to assume what any other side thinks because of a pigeon hole that has been created for them.

  5. penash December 7, 2012 / 22:55

    It was more a comment to say that religion should never be used as the basis of an argument for me. Not so much what you believe.

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