‘If I think about it I’ve had a few’ – Simon Bridges talks political regrets and gay marriage stance
TVNZ One News 28 February 2018
Family First Comment: One day (hopefully), a political leader will stand up and say
“I voted against same-sex marriage. I still would. Parliament chose to reject the obvious cultural and natural character of marriage and the subsequent creation and care of children, and made marriage just about partnership. The equality cause is not advanced by destroying institutions. Equality should respect difference, not destroy it. There was no discrimination in the law as it stood. We are now using the word ‘marriage’ to describe something else – not commonly or traditionally conceived, but conceived by politics and political correctness. As Metiria Turei rightly said in 2004 “Marriage as understood in our society, and as formalised in law, is a specific culturally and historically bound institution.”
Shortly after his appointment as the new National Party leader, Simon Bridges sat down with 1 NEWS political reporter Katie Bradford where he was asked about political regrets and some of his more conservative stances on issues of the day.
Mr Bridges wasn’t given much time to reflect on his new role before answering some tough questions on his political views.
“Regrets? Probably if I think about it I’ve had a few,” he said when asked if he had any in politics.
“I know people will say these social issues you’re conservative on but I don’t think I necessarily regret the decisions I made by assessing the evidence at the time.
“Take gay marriage, now I understand the depth of feeling around those issues, would I change it (the current law)?
“No I wouldn’t
“Would I go back and change my vote, yes I probably would,” Mr Bridges said.
When asked for an earlier 1 NEWS NOW article what he would like his legacy to be if he manages to become Prime Minister, Mr Bridges said: “I want to ensure New Zealand is a growing, dynamic, exciting place in the 2020s where people have opportunities.
“I would like people to look back and be glad about the kind of New Zealand we have created together.”
Being voted in as National leader yesterday means he is one step closer to achieving his dream.