Media Release June 28th 2014
On the 17th April 2013, our Parliament in a night of insanity passed the Marriage [Definition of Marriage] Amendment bill; 77 to 44, it is a day that will go down in the history of our Parliament as a day of shame.
Parliament has a duty to uphold the common good. Marriage, consisting of one man and one woman, is the foundation stone of the common good. Parliament and the government have a duty, in fact an obligation, in justice to uphold and defend marriage as instituted by God, from those who wish to redefine it. Parliament, to their everlasting shame failed the community. The media which has a duty to uphold the common good also supported the bill and they failed the community that they claim to serve.
We were told by the homosexual lobby, that they longed for marriage equality, that Civil Unions were not going to satisfy their cry for justice and that it was a great injustice to be denied their “human right“ to marriage equality. The statistics compiled by Statistics NZ reveal a very interesting picture. The Civil Union Act came into force on 26th April, 2005. The number of same sex Civil Unions registered up to 31 March 2014, totalled 3,554 comprising, 1,454 female couples and 2,100 male couples.
The Redefinition of marriage introducing same sex marriage came into operation on 19th August, 2013. Since that date and up to the 31 March 2014, there have been 172 same sex couples who were in a Civil Union who have transferred to same sex marriage. This comprised 104 female couples and 68 male couples.
Since the 19th August 2013 and up to the 31st March 2014, there have been a total of 668 same sex marriages registered in New Zealand, comprising 385 female couples and 283 male couples. It is noted that these statistics include couples who reside overseas and are not resident in New Zealand. Statistics NZ advise that the number of overseas couples comprises two out of every five couples. It is noted that since the introduction of Civil Unions there have been 216,615 marriages, comprising one man and one woman registered in New Zealand.
An analysis of the statistics reveals that the number of New Zealand residents in a same sex marriage comprise an estimated 400 couples.
If homosexuals in a Civil Union believed that they were suffering a grave injustice in being denied marriage equality, why is it then that:
Only 172 same sex couples in a Civil Union out of the 3,554 registered in New Zealand have taken advantage of the marriage equality that we were led to believe they longed for?
Why too is it that in the nearly eight months since the introduction of same sex marriage to the 31st March 2014 there have been only an estimated 400 same sex marriages registered by residents of New Zealand? It is now clear that the vast majority of homosexuals in Civil Unions do not want marriage.
Our forbears recognised homosexuality as a disorder. Same sex marriage promotes the false idea that homosexual sexual behaviour is just as healthy and beneficial as heterosexual behaviour, it is not. Studies reveal that homosexuals are forty-four times more likely to contract AIDS. and significantly more at risk of contracting STI’s If we really cared about the health and welfare of our homosexual community we would not be endorsing same sex marriage.
No Act of Parliament can change what the Creator has established. A sodomite relationship will never be made acceptable by calling it marriage. Right to Life is committed to the repeal of this same sex marriage law.