A huge thank you to every single one of you who made it to the parliamentary website one way or another and made your submission in favour for marriage equality.
Wow, what a fantastic response, with reports of upwards of 10,000 pro equality submissions from one website alone – this is overwhelmingly positive. Every one of you got the message – and passed it on – that we must be actively supportive of this Bill. It’s easy to sit back and say ‘yeah, I totally agree with this’ but it’s another thing to take time out of your day to make a submission. Whether it directly affected you or not, to be able to say you didn’t sit back and let others do this for you, is amazing and we owe each of you a huge thank you. You have been a part of history and that is something to be exceptionally proud of.
To all our local and international supporters, your help has not gone unnoticed. The Facebook posts, the sharing, the Tweets and reTweets, every single action has helped spread the word of marriage equality and how it could be supported here.
Our next step is to get back into the swing of communicating with local Members of Parliament and reminding them of the enormous public support for marriage equality. It’s important that we continue encouraging them to support the marriage equality bill once the Select Committee reports back to the House.
One thing that is important to remember, is that we can never afford to be complacent about getting the marriage equality bill passed. We have to keep campaigning and taking personal responsibility for doing all we can to achieve marriage equality in New Zealand – we can’t afford to sit back and assume that someone else will do it for us.
It’s onwards and upwards from here – while we can stay positive on the submissions to the Select Committee, we can ill afford a long period of non-action. You might want to let your friends and family know now that we’ll still need their help in the months to come.
In the meantime, thank you all again, an amazing effort on everyone’s part!
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