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New Zealand    BISHOPS' STATEMENT CLARIFIES STANCE ON GAY ISSUES
The bishops of New Zealand said they support legislation to protect the legal rights of people in homosexual relationships, but not legislation that makes such relationships the "basis" of those rights.
    The president of the country's bishops' conference, Bishop Peter Cullinane of Palmerston North, issued the statement, which will be published in the 27 August edition of the newspaper the New Zealand Catholic.
    The bishops cited the need for some clarifications following their response to a Justice Department discussion paper earlier this year. Such discussion papers commonly precede moves in New Zealand to change legislation.
    The bishops' clarification statement emphasised that people's rights as individuals form the basis for their legal rights.
   
CNS
   
25 Aug 00



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