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Word on the street about
Gay marriage A bill on whether to legalise gay marriage
is to go before Parliament as early as this
month. We sent reporter Karina Abadia
out on the streets of Ellerslie and
Mt Wellington to get a sense of what
people in our area think.
Photos: Karina Abadia
Lucy Stevens, 23, Remuera, contact
''It should have happened ages ago.
It's just equal rights for all.''
Louise McNicoll, 24, Papatoetoe,
retail assistant in Ellerslie.
''I think the bill should be passed. If two
people are in love they should have the
right to marry. It's quite medieval that
so many people are still opposed to it.''
Vaishali Tirodkar, 44, Pakuranga,
''If gay people are free to live with each
other, they should be free to marry as
Karl Pullman, 70, Papakura,
''I'm against the bill. I've spoken to
some gay people about it and the only
thing they want is the right to adopt
children. My brother is gay but I believe
from a religious point of view that
marriage should only be between a man
and his wife. It's like a slow drip, first
gay people want civil unions and now
David Atkinson, 35, Ellerslie,
researcher at AUT.
''I'm quite happy with the idea because
it allows gay couples the liberty to do
what heterosexuals can do. I'm married
myself. Married couples enjoy respect
and protection under the law. I don't
see why gay couples shouldn't have
that as well.''
Kamaka Tarawa, 47, with 1-year-old daughter Miriama Tarawa, Glen Innes, stay-
''Based on my religious beliefs, I'm totally against it. I was a minister once upon
a time and I don't believe homosexuality is right. I'm not a gay-basher but I don't
support the gay lifestyle.''
Martin Snoswell, 39, Mt Roskill, retail
''I'm all for it. I'm heterosexual but if you
love someone whether you are gay or
straight shouldn't matter. Married
people have more security and doesn't
everyone want to get married? New
Zealand was the first country to give
women the vote so we should be
advocating equal rights for all.''
Mohammed Hassan Raghib, 60,
Ellerslie, civil engineer.
''When God created us he gave us men
and women. If anyone sees a gay
person in the street in Palestine where
I'm from, they curse at them. I don't
agree with that because I'm a liberal
Muslim. But I do think marriage should
be for men and women only.''
Ian Cameron, 40, Thames, runs his
''Each to their own. I suppose it doesn't
fit with traditional ways of thinking but
it's not like being gay is something new.
If you're going to allow gay couples to
have civil unions then why not go the
whole way and give them full rights?''
Aquayla Collins, 19, Mt Wellington,
''As a gay male I think it's great.
Everyone deserves to love and be loved
and why should only heterosexual
couples be able to celebrate their
relationship in this way? It's cool most
people seem to be supporting it but I
also hope it allows gay people the right
to adopt children.''
Stephanie Reid, 45, Greenlane, nurse.
''I was brought up Christian but I've
become a bit more liberal as I've got
older. I've got gay friends in stable
relationships and I think they're entitled
to the same rights as us. Most people
I work with feel the same way.''
Troy Agugar, 20, Manukau, studies
''I know a few gay people who want to
get married. I'm Catholic and in my
religion I know homosexuality is wrong
but I think it's OK if they want to get
married. It would make a lot of people
happy so I don't see why not.''
Mary Burns, 47, Tauranga, studies
remotely at South Pacific College of
Natural Medicine in Ellerslie.
''I'm not for or against it. From a
religious point of view, marriage is
between men and women but gay
people can't change themselves.
They're also entitled to happiness.
Being gay isn't acceptable in the
Philippines but I've become more open
since coming to New Zealand.''
Mananya Ngaothomgpaithoon, 23,
Howick, studies graphic design.
''Everyone should have the right to get
married. You can't choose whether
you're born gay or straight. In Buddhist
culture we don't judge people on that,
the focus is on being a good person.''
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