Blogging from the Highlands of Scotland
'From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step' - Diderot

Wednesday 8 December 2004

New Zealand civil union bill likely to pass today (i.e. tomorrow)

Parliament in New Zealand is likely Thursday 9th December to pass the Civil Unions Bill; this will permit gays to formalise their relationships and enjoy the benefits currently available only to married couples. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that there will be no last minute delays (or delaying tactics) mounted by those opposed to this legislation.

UPDATE: (Thursday 9DEC04 14.15 GMT) Yes! The legislation has passed, by 65 votes to 55. Naturally this legislation will impose responsibilities, as well as grant rights - a pretty fair trade-off.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Welcome to my comment area. Whilst all comment is welcome you are requested to respect the views of others. To read full terms for use of this facility, please visit my 'Terms of Use' section, linked to under the 'About this Blog' heading at top right of the blog. Note added 12JUL2010 - All comments will now be pre-moderated before they appear in this blog; this is a measure to prevent 'spam' commenting, which has become frequent of late. Thank you.