Auckland Pride: National not welcome anymore after conversion therapy bill voting

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 6 Aug 2021, 7:00PM
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Auckland Pride: National not welcome anymore after conversion therapy bill voting

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 6 Aug 2021, 7:00PM

National aren't welcome at Auckland Pride anymore.

This follows National choosing to vote down the first reading of the bill banning conversion therapy.

However, National's Justice Spokesperson Simon Bridges says they support the intention of the bill, but want an amendment to rule out prosecutions for parents.

Auckland Pride Executive Director Max Tweedie says National hadn't attended the last few events anyway and haven't supported the community.

"With these pieces on legislation that have come up on hate speech and conversion therapy, so they're not welcome."

Tweedie says the intent of the bill is key, but conversations with doctors won't criminalise parents.

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