‘The sun will still rise tomorrow’: NZ MP hits out at anti-gay marriage ‘bullies’

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MP Maurice Williamson used science and common sense to defend New Zealand's gay marriage bill from 'fire and brimstone' in a speech to Parliament.
 


I want to first of all congratulate Louisa Wall for this bill, the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill, and I want to say that the good news about years spent in this Parliament is that you learn to deflect all of the dreadful fire and brimstone accusations that are going to happen.

I have had a reverend in my local electorate call and say that the gay onslaught will start the day after this bill is passed. We are really struggling to know what the gay onslaught will look like.

We do not know whether it will come down the Pakuranga Highway as a series of troops, or whether it will be a gas that flows in over the electorate and blocks us all in.

I also had a Catholic priest tell me that I was supporting an unnatural act. I found that quite interesting coming from someone who has taken an oath of celibacy for his whole life.

I also had a letter telling me that I would burn in the fires of hell for eternity.

That was a bad mistake, because I have got a degree in physics. I used the thermodynamic laws of physics. I put in my body weight and my humidity and so on. I assumed the furnace to be at 5000 degrees. I will last for just on 2.1 seconds. It is hardly eternity. What do you think?


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21 COMMENTS

  1. This video has gone viral. I wanted to stand up and cheer. It had the feeling of the happy ending of a movie when the bad guys are banished. It is great to a see a nominally straight guy going after the homophobic loons with such gusto. This is a moment, with the Maori Love Song, that will go down in liberation history.

    • In reply to #5 by HenMie:

      What a breath of fresh air! Unafraid to take the mickey out of bigoted electorate and church alike, very brave, very funny. Lucky NZ!

      Fresh air in abundance. 7 happy years in Auckland, them emigrated to West Island…
      NZ has a great history of ‘firsts’-
      http://www.newzealandholidaytravel.com/pages/Kiwi_World_Firsts

      Not to mention going non-nuclear (not sure if that’s true but they tell Uncle Sam’s nuclear ships not to bother visiting!) Oops, not supposed to mention that.

      The ONE disappointing ‘first’ NZ made was releasing the French state terrorists who bombed the Rainbow Warrior- threatened with economic ruin by Mitterand via Eu sanctions, so probably unavoidable. French lies and duplicity continued for 20 years until finally admitting guilt.

      Sorry, O/T should I delete?

  2. “gay onslaught”. Here in the U.S.A. We call it the “gay agenda” I have never heard anyone explain what that means. I guess I have to add “gay onslaught” to that list of unknowable cliches.

  3. There seems to be more good sense in NZ than in the entire Bible Belt, USA- AND the whole world of Islam

    “Finally, can I say that one of the messages I had was that this bill was the cause of our drought—this bill was the cause of our drought.
    Well, if any of you follow my Twitter account, you will see that in the Pakuranga electorate this morning it was pouring with rain. We had the most enormous big gay rainbow across my electorate”

  4. Nowadays it seems that the mediocre and the ignorant can have a good future in politics. However, I can see that there are exceptions; this is the first time in many years I hear a politician talking good sense. The New Zealanders are very lucky to have a representative like this one. He gives New Zealand a good civilized image.

  5. In reply to #7 by jel:

    Check out this clip, I just can’t imagine the same thing happening in the UK parliament. Awesome.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=DW4DXOAXF8U

    Yes, isn’t it awesome! That song is Pokarekare Ana, a traditional Maori love song well known by all New Zealanders. We used to sing it at school. It’s the sort of song that brings tears to your eyes and the soaring voices you can hear are Maori singers almost all of whom sing like angels.
    As for the woman in the rainbow coat, she is Louisa Wall, an openly lesbian Member of Parliament (we have several) who submitted the bill. The guy who looks very embarrassed holding the flowers at 2.45 is Tau Henare, known to be a tough politician, not afraid of speaking his mind. So funny to see his facial expression. He too is Maori and spoke strongly in favour of the bill, but it’s so against masculine NZ culture to be holding flowers.

  6. This made my morning. What a great speech …. full of humour and reason and a well deserved kick in the backside for bigots everywhere, whether they be religiously orientated or not.

    Hopefully this guy has aspirations of being PM some day.

  7. This dude for President of the United States :)

    Best part was

    “I also had a Catholic priest tell me that I was supporting an unnatural act. I found that quite interesting coming from someone who has taken an oath of celibacy for his whole life.”

  8. Awesome bloke (watching this made my morning too) – I really wish there more like him in positions of power across the world.

    The best way to fight this nonsense is through ridicule.

    God Bless New Zealand! ;-)

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