An Inspiring Week For Equality…
It’s been an inspiring week on the equality agenda with New Zealand, Santa Fe, Rhode Island and controversial France voting in favour of equal marriage.
We’ve had our ears to the ground, our noses squashed upon screens following the news but there’s one guy (straight, mind you) that stole the show and has kept it hostage.
That was MP Maurice Williamson with the inspiring, hilarious speech on gay marriage.
If that’s not enough, you need to watch the reaction as the entire gallery erupts in to song.
Try not getting a lump in your throat.
Speaker: The honourable Maurice Williamson.
The Honourable Maurice Williamson:
Speaker, I too will be taking a split call with my colleague Jamie Lee Ross, a sort of a young and the vibrant versus the old and the boring. Yeah, and members of the house will be forced to choose which one is which sir.
So I want to first of all congratulate Louisa Wall for this bill and I want to say Sir, the good news about the years in this parliament is you learn to deflect all of the dreadful sort of fire and brimstone accusations that are going to happen, Sir.
I’ve had a reverend in my local electorate call the day onslaught will start the day after this bill is passed, Sir, we are really struggling to understand what the gay onslaught will look like, we don’t know if it will come down the Pakaraka highway as a series of troops, or whether it will be a gas that flows in over the electric and blocks us all in.
I also Sir, had a catholic priest tell me, I was supporting an unnatural act, I found that quite interesting from someone who has taken an oath of celibacy for his whole life.
Celibacy, OK, we’ll go with celibacy.
I haven’t done it, so I don’t know what it’s about. I also had a letter telling me I will burn in the fires of hell for eternity and that was a bad mistake as I’ve 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 5000° and I will last for just on 2.1 seconds, it’s hardly eternity, what do you think?
And some more disgusting claims about what adoption would be.
Well Sir, I have got three fantastic adopted kids, I know how good adoption is and I found something just as disgraceful. I found some of the bullying tactics really evil and Sir, I gave up being scared of bullies when I was at primary school; however a huge amount of the opposition was from moderates, from people who were concerned, who were seriously worried about what this would do to the fabric of our society.
I respect their concern, I respect their worry, they were worried about what it may do to their families and so on. Let me repeat to them now Sir, all we are doing with this bill is allowing two people who love each other to have that love recognised by way of marriage that is all we are doing, we are not declaring nuclear war on a foreign state, we are not bringing a virus in that could wipe out our agricultural sector forever, we are allowing two people who love each other to have that recognised and I can’t see what’s wrong with that for love nor money Sir, I just cannot, cannot understand why some would be opposed.
I understand why people don’t like what others do, that’s fine; we’re all in that category, but I give a promise to those people who are opposed to this bill right now, I give you a watertight promise, a guaranteed promise:
The sun will still rise tomorrow, your teenage daughter will still argue back with you as if she knows everything.
Your mortgage will not grow, you will not have skin diseases or rashes or toads in your bed sir, the world will just carry on.
So don’t make this into a big deal, this is fantastic for the people it affects, but for the rest of us life will go on.
Finally can I say Sir, one of the messages I had was that this bill was the cause of our drought, this bill was the cause of our draught, well if any of you follow my twitter account, you will see in the Pakuranga electorate this morning, it was pouring with rain, we have the most enormous big gay rainbow across my electorate, it has to be a sign Sir, it has to be a sign, if you’re a believer it’s certainly a sign.
And can I finish for all those that are concerned with this with a quote from the bible, it is Deuteronomy. I thought Deuteronomy was a cat out Cats, but never mind.
The quote is Deuteronomy 1:29: