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Interesting questions at gay marriage bill hearing

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Latest Political News | Thursday November 22 2012 10:37

Interesting questions at gay marriage bill hearing

National MP Kanwalijt Bakshi Singh has been asking interesting questions of submitters at hearings on Louisa Wall's gay marriage bill.

Submitter Jordan Carter asked MPs to consider how they'd feel if they were in the minority rather than homosexuals.

It initiated this question from Mr Singh.

"How will the future generation grow? How will we have the kids if everyone goes in this direction?"

And he also quizzed gay submitters John Jolliff and Des Smith as to what their roles would be if they got married.

"If you get married, who will be identified as husband, and who will be identified as wife?"

Convicted murderer Scott Watson's been dragged into the gay marriage debate.

Submitter John Joliff told MPs at public hearings on Louisa Wall's gay marriage bill that the current system allowing civil unions isn't enough and that gay couples are discriminated against.

He says they don't have the option of marriage that others have.

Mr Joliff says Scott Watson, a convicted murderer was allowed to get married in prison, but he and his partner can't wed.

"What message does that send about the status of our civil union. Are we less acceptable in New Zealand than a murderer?"

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