Civil Unions Are Too Important Not To Do This

The Civil Unions Bill gets its second reading on Thursday. If you support it, please take a minute out of your day to email your MP and tell them that. If you have a spare five minutes, why not target some of the MPs who are wavering. No Right Turn has a good list (look for the “Uncrossing Our Fingers” title. This is the letter I sent out (with obvious name/party changes as applicable) which I found on http://www.civilunions.org.nz and adapted a little:
Subject: Please Support the Civil Unions Bill
Dear John,

I would like to express my support for the Civil Union Bill.

A considerable number of people, including people who voted for Labour, and the people of your electorate, are denied access to the institution of marriage because of their sexuality.

The Civil Union Bill offers more options to the New Zealand public, including gay couples, who want to have their relationships legally recognised and enjoy equal rights as promised under the Human Rights Act 1993.

When MPs supported that Act, including no discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, family status or marital status, they began a process which was certain to end with debate on these matters.

The Bill is a modern way of dealing with tangible issues around recognition of relationships, giving legal status and self-respect to those couples, both gay and heterosexual, who choose it.

I know that I ? and everyone that I know – will only be voting next year for a party that supports human rights.

Yours sincerely,

Joanna McLeod

If you are feeling especially lazy, you can use the mass voting machine but be sure to make your letter fairly generic and make sure to fill out your address and everything so that they’ll pay attention.

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