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Group says civil unions OK a "sad day" for NZ

While official Catholic Church reaction is yet to be reported, Catholic news services are quoting Family Life International's assessment that last week's Parliamentary Decision in Wellington "makes an absolute mockery of due democratic process and will have many negative implications for future generations".

"Because of the drastic changes that this law will bring about," said the statement, "those who proposed this legislation had the obligation to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that it will not be detrimental to traditional marriage, the foundational relationship of all healthy and thriving societies."

"Instead of satisfying this obligation the supporters of this legislation set about a campaign of miscommunication in regards to the actual design and implications of this Bill, by falsely claiming that it would grant legal rights that it simply does not grant," it continues.

The group includes among "victims" of the new law, homosexuals wishing to "extract themselves from the gay lifestyle", and future generations of New Zealanders who will without doubt find themselves the children of homosexual parents.

Calling on New Zealanders to show their anger at the ballot box when the next General Election comes around, the group said that "all of the once great societies who have long since passed away have the erosion and blurring of the traditional family as one of the major reasons for their downfall."

OK to Civil Unions "sad day" for New Zealand, Family Life International says (Catholic News Agency 10/12/04)

Family Life International
Bishops call on NZ Catholics to take MPs Civil Union vote into account at next General Election (Catholic Communications NZ 1/12/04)
Maxim Institute (opposed to Bill)
Civil Union Bill (supportive of Bill)

This Christmas, Vinnies urges you to make your presence felt (St Vincent de Paul Society NSW/ACT 10/11/04)">NZ Bishops' last-ditch bid to block gay union Bill (CathNews 6/12/04)
NZ Bishops threaten Govt on gay union Bill (CathNews 2/12/04)
NZ Catholics threaten Labour over Civil Unions Bill (CathNews 30/9/04)
NZ gay law 'to make moral wasteland' (CathNews 29/6/04)

NZ legalises gay marriage (ABC Radio The World Today 10/12/04)
Civil Union Bill becomes law ( 9/12/04)
New Zealand approves gay civil unions (Sydney Morning
Mayor stuns gays with abuse claim (New Zealand Herald 10/12/04)
Canada's Supreme Court issues 'opinion' but not 'ruling' in favor of same-sex marriage (Catholic News Agency 9/12/04)
Same-sex 'marriage' to become law in Canada by end of December, says justice minister (Catholic News Agency 9/12/04)
Supreme Court OK's same-sex marriage (CBC 9/12/04)
Gay Kiwis civil about wedlock (The Australian 9/12/04)
Supreme Court okays same-sex marriage ( 9/12/04)
Canadian bishops call for more debate after Supreme Court judgment (Catholic News Agency 10/12/04)
Canadians want traditional family: study (Catholic News Agency 10/12/04)
Canada Supreme Court blesses to gay marriage law (Catholic World News 10/12/04)
Some Canadian Christians slam court ruling on same-sex marriage (Ecumenical News International 10/12/04)
Court Says Canada Can Allow Same-Sex "Marriage" (Zenit 9/12/04)
Bills Wed California to Gay 'Marriage' Spotlight (Pew Forum/Washington Times 9/12/04)

13 Dec 2004