Media Release 1 March 2013
Family First NZ says that the terms ‘Bride’ and ‘Bridegroom’ will be removed from Marriage Certificates if the same-sex marriage bill is passed by politicians.
The Select Committee report on the same-sex marriage bill has already confirmed that the terms ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ will be removed from 16 pieces of legislation as it seeks to redefines marriage.
“In the proposed new marriage certificates, brides and bridegrooms will simply be referred to as ‘parties’, and the ‘parties’ will have to clarify what sex they are. If husband, wife, bride and bridegroom are no longer used, what will be next – mother and father? In Spain, the term has already been changed to ‘progenitor’,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.
“Ironically, the proposed new form still asks for the ‘mother’ and ‘father’ of the parties getting married, which will not be appropriate with same-sex couples. They cannot even keep up with their own social engineering.”
“The equality cause is not advanced by destroying institutions. Equality should respect difference, not destroy it.”
“Marriage will soon become meaningless. We will be using the word to describe something else – not commonly or traditionally conceived, but conceived by politics and political correctness,” says Mr McCoskrie.
Family First says that the National party has a crisis of unity as it gets confused over its identity and values, and John Key has effectively split the party in to two camps on this issue.
“That’s why the government is ramming this bill through because they know that their core voter support bases are not happy with it, and they are desperate to get it off the political agenda – but in the process, they are trampling over the rights of New Zealanders to have their chance to speak up and contribute to the much-needed debate on this issue.”
Proposed New Marriage Certificate