NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand redefined marriage in April of 2013 to allow for same-sex marriages. The first weddings were performed in August of that year. Since then, there has been a litany of issues surrounding the decision including infringements on free speech, freedom of assembly, religious freedom and the further expansion of the LGBT agenda in redefining the most basic of social norms.

Since then, statistics show that the demand has been insignificant, and has had to be boosted by overseas couples which represent almost half of all same-sex ‘marriages’ during this period. There have been 58,540 traditional marriages of NZ residents during a three-year period since the law was changed. Same-sex marriages during that time for NZ’ers were 1,422 representing just over 2% of total marriages – despite claims of a huge demand for same-sex marriage. During the same three-year period, there were 1,260 ‘tourist’ same-sex ceremonies.

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NZ Herald poll just before the law was changed confirmed the support for changing the definition of marriage steadily dropped during the debate. New Zealanders got past the slogans of ‘marriage equality’ and ‘discrimination’ and the debate centered around facts, such as the real purpose and role of marriage, and the fact that there is actually no discrimination in the law currently.

Politicians pushing the bill quoted a TVNZ poll from the previous year with two-thirds support for gay marriage as justification for changing the definition. But all the later polling shows that the earlier polling was not reliable.

A Family First-commissioned poll of 1,000 people in 2013 found a similar split to the NZ Herald poll, with only 47% agreeing that Parliament should change the definition of marriage to allow same-sex couples to marry and 43% saying that they believed civil unions were sufficient. This echoes a similar slide in polling by Research NZ which showed support for ‘same-sex marriage’ dropping to less than 50%, down 11% from a similar poll in 2011. The online poll from the NZ Herald (shown left) confirms just how split the country was.

Charities that don't support same-sex marriage are stripped of charity status

Charities that don't support same-sex marriage are stripped of charity status

Family First New Zealand has just been stripped of its charity status as the independent Charities Registration Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable.

Marriage Celebrants Rejected For Personal Beliefs

Marriage Celebrants Rejected For Personal Beliefs

People applying to be marriage celebrants are having their applications rejected if they do not want to officiate at same-sex ‘weddings’ due to their personal beliefs or convictions, despite assurances by politicians that this would not occur.

GENDER CONFUSION – Birth Certificates To Be Based on Choice of Person

GENDER CONFUSION – Birth Certificates To Be Based on Choice of Person

A select committee has just recommended that birth certificates be based on the choice of the person. This means that the certificates will become an object of unscientific gender ideology and effectively tell medical professionals that they got it wrong at time of birth.

Supermarket introduces transgender policy hailed as ’spectacular step forward’

Supermarket introduces transgender policy hailed as ’spectacular step forward’

A new policy supporting transgender staff members at one of New Zealand’s biggest supermarket chains ‘Countdown’ has been hailed as a “spectacular” step forward by LGBTQ advocates, after the legalisation of same-sex marriage.

Venues Either Withdraw Or Are Pressured to Change Policy

Venues Either Withdraw Or Are Pressured to Change Policy

A number of churches no longer make their venue available to the general public because of the risk of litigation. A function centre in the South Island which offers a venue for marriages was pressured in 2016 to change its policy as a result of a complaint to the Human Rights Commission.

SCHOOL CONFUSION – Boys use girls’ toilets

SCHOOL CONFUSION – Boys use girls’ toilets

Family First NZ has launched a campaign called AskMeFirst in response to the growing trend in both NZ schools and tertiary institutions to allow men to enter women’s spaces — female toilets, showers, changing rooms, camp bunk rooms, and sports teams.

A primary school introduces gender neutral uniforms for its pupils

A primary school introduces gender neutral uniforms for its pupils

A New Zealand primary school has abolished gendered uniforms for its pupils and replaced them with shorts, a kilt and trousers that can be worn by either sex. A number of female students began asking why they were restricted to wearing kilts to school, saying the archaic uniform reinforced traditional and outdated gender stereotypes.

Schools Misrepresented / Threatened For View of Marriage

Schools Misrepresented / Threatened For View of Marriage

The principal of Pompallier Catholic College in Whangarei wrote comments in the school newsletter opposing the bill to redefine marriage, and as a result a vicious media witch hunt ensued. The state broadcaster TVNZ misrepresented the facts and showed blatant bias against college.

Gender Fluidity: Transgender Ideology for 5-year-olds

Gender Fluidity: Transgender Ideology for 5-year-olds

Under new guidelines, primary school children as young as 5 will be indoctrinated with issues around ‘gender stereotypes and norms’, ‘sexuality and gender well-being’, ‘gender, sexuality and diversity’, and ‘gender and sexuality messages’.

If all this is happening in New Zealand since same-sex marriage was legalised, then we would be crazy to spurn the warnings and allow the same thing to happen here.

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