New Zealand: Proposed Marriage Equality Law Amended to Allow Churches to Opt-Out

Written by scott on November 23rd, 2012

A bill to legalise same-sex marriage is likely to be amended to explicitly state that churches would not be forced to marry same-sex couples.

A parliamentary select committee considering the legislation was flooded with submissions from religious groups who felt a law change would make it unlawful to turn away gay, lesbian or transgender couples who wanted to be married.

The bill’s sponsor, Labour MP Louisa Wall, has repeatedly said that she wanted churches to retain their freedom of religion and expression.

Authored By Isaac Davison – See the Full Story at The New Zealand Herald

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