Civil Unions Isn’t Gay Marriage – Yeah Right
Dunedin South MP David Benson-Pope woke this morning to find every single window on his electorate office covered in
colour posters modelled on the Tui Beer ads protesting the duplicity behind the Civil Unions Bill.
Benson-Pope is one of the key proponents of the Civil Unions Bill.
The Posters read "Civil Unions Isn’t Gay Marriage – Yeah Right" and were labelled "Fui". They were adhered to the MP’s
office windows with water-soluble glue so were easily removed without causing any damage.
Matthew Flannagan, a PhD Candidate in Theology at the University of Otago today accepted individual responsibility for
Flannagan who already holds a Masters degree with first class honours in Philosophy from the University of Waikato
"My actions were intended as a humorous way of getting a point across without causing anyone any harm and without
leaving any lasting damage to property."
"The point of this exercise was to highlight the duplicity surrounding the Civil Unions Bill. This piece of legislation
is being sold as an alternative to Gay Marriage, we are supposed to believe that Civil Unions is not Marriage – they are
two different things. Yet when one reads the Bill it is clear that within New Zealand it is legally identical to the
Marriage Act but the terms pertaining to Marriage have been twinked out and Civil Union terminology put in their place."
"Somehow because the words have been changed and there are now two Acts pertaining to legally recognised relationships
that provide exactly the same rights, status, privileges and costs we are supposed to buy that they are two different
things. As Shakespeare said 400 years ago ‘What is in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would still
smell as sweet.’"
"I am not fooled by this semantic equivocation on Benson-Pope and other Labour MP’s part, however I am concerned some
New Zealanders might be given few people actually read proposed legislation."
"I have observed many opinion polls over recent months on this issue and have noted that the support for Gay Marriage is
significantly lower than support for Civil Unions. This indicates to me that there is a large segment of the population
who oppose Gay Marriage but have been deceived that Civil Unions is something different."
"Democratically elected officials have a duty to be honest with their constituents about the legislation they enact.
This ensures transparency and accountability in the electoral process. If the Government believes the case for Gay
Marriage has merit then they should be open and honest enough to admit this and allow for informed and honest debate."
"To deceive ones constituents then claim a mandate on the basis of opinions formed on this deception is to subvert the