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Posted by Philip on 13 April 2013, 4:26 pm in , , ,

"Child rights" used by women to reject marriage equality

I'm cheerily watching the newly resurrected Back Benches on iSky — Wallace, Damien, I missed you guys — and I'm staggered that the two women on the panel — Tracey Martin, NZ First and Louise Upston, National — are opposed to marriage equality. The two blokes — Trevor Mallard, Labour and Peter Dunne, United Future — are fine with it.

What the?

Martin holds fast to her party line that the issue should go to referendum. But Upston wades into a quagmire of discrimination, implying that marriage equality somehow breaches the rights of children because it will change adoption laws.

What the? Sorry to repeat myself.

How did we get to 2013 and have women politicians opposing liberation of queer people on the grounds of parliamentary process and the antiquated notion that children need male and female parents for their safety?

I despair. The return of Back Benches is my only hope.