In a press release published today, Hone Harawira MP and Leader of the Mana Movement, both congratulated Louisa Wall on her “the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Bill” being drawn from the ballot and confirmed his support for it, ending months of speculation about how he might vote.
In past interviews, Harawira suggested that although important, that he didn’t see marriage as a human right, rather a construct of the state, suggesting that he was quite conservative.
As a result, there had been a great deal of concern amongst many Mana supporters. In the end, Mr Harawira told his members that he would go back to the people for discussion and guidance.
“MANA believes that strong and healthy relationships were the foundation of loving whanau and a positive and vibrant society, and recognised that those relationships could be found between all people, regardless of sex, race or class,” said Harawira.
“Because of that” said Harawira “MANA also believes that partners in such relationships should be entitled to enter into marriage and/or adopt children, with the same legal protections, rights and responsibilities for all, regardless of sex, race or class”.
Support for the bill was mixed, with many of National’s members not seeing it as an important piece of legislation.
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