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.
A 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.
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.