We’ve arrived at day 4 of the marriage equality challenge. And, drum-roll please, it’s the “write me a letter” challenge.
Please take a few minutes to write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper (and send it via email, as that’s so much faster). Naturally feel free to say anything you want in support of marriage equality, but if you’re looking for some inspiration you could say that:
- Parliament passing the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill will be an important day in New Zealand’s human rights history.
- Allowing same sex couples to get married will get rid of one of the last forms of legal discrimination in New Zealand.
- Whatever the origin of marriage (and that is up for debate), in New Zealand marriage is a civil institution, with marriage licences granted by the state, and there is no basis for the state to not grant marriage licences to same sex couples.
- One of the major arguments made by those opposed to marriage equality is that marriage celebrants representing religious organisations will be forced to marry same sex couples against their religious beliefs – Parliament has already amended the Bill to strengthen already existing religious freedom protections.
- Same sex couples form relationships that are as committed, loving and supportive as those formed by heterosexual couples and they should have the same options available to them for legal recognition of those relationships.
- Everyone should have the opportunity to have a mother in law!
You could also say why marriage equality will be important to you personally.
If you have a bit of extra time, please think about contributing to Stuff’s “what marriage means” assignment.
Finally, there may well be a lot of marriage equality articles in the lead up to the third and final reading of the Bill and it would be great to get comments on those stories from people who are supportive of marriage equality. We follow the media and send out tweets/post to Facebook when a new marriage equality article appears, so the best way to stay up to date is to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Please also send this challenge to your friends and family – their letters to the editor would really emphasise that this issue is important to families and communities.