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On April 17 of this year, marriage equality passed the New Zealand House of Representatives and was ratified two days later. Today (tomorrow for us), New Zealand began marrying loving couples and joined a growing list of countries that affords their citizens the same rights and dignity every human being on this earth should have access to.

Wherever our equality comes up for debate, there are always the same authoritarian voices who claim to speak for god, warning that legalizing marriage equality will lead to the blah dee blah destruction of babble and gibberish end of the world because Jesus. Whatever. In one of the funniest and most celebrated moments of New Zealand's process, Parliament Member Maurice Williamson, fed up with the utter nonsense thrown his way, gave this famous speech just before the vote passed.

I want to first of all congratulate Louisa Wall for this bill, the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill, and I want to say that the good news about years spent in this Parliament is that you learn to deflect all of the dreadful fire and brimstone accusations that are going to happen.

I have had a reverend in my local electorate call and say that the gay onslaught will start the day after this bill is passed. We are really struggling to know what the gay onslaught will look like.

I know how good adoption is, and I have found some of the claims just disgraceful. I found some of the bullying tactics really evil. I gave up being scared of bullies when I was at primary school.

We do not know whether it will come down the Pakuranga Highway as a series of troops, or whether it will be a gas that flows in over the electorate and blocks us all in.

I also had a Catholic priest tell me that I was supporting an unnatural act. I found that quite interesting coming from someone who has taken an oath of celibacy for his whole life.

Hon Amy Adams: “Cell-i-bacy”.

Hon Maurice Williamson: “Cell-i-bacy”. OK, we will go with “Cell-i-bacy”. OK. I have not done it, so I do not know what it is about. I also had a letter telling me that I would burn in the fires of hell for eternity.

That was a bad mistake, because I have got a degree in physics. I used the thermodynamic laws of physics. I put in my body weight and my humidity and so on. I assumed the furnace to be at 5000 degrees. I will last for just on 2.1 seconds. It is hardly eternity. What do you think?

I also heard some more disgusting claims about adoption. Well, I have got three fantastic adopted kids. I know how good adoption is, and I have found some of the claims just disgraceful. I found some of the bullying tactics really evil. I gave up being scared of bullies when I was at primary school.

However, a huge amount of the opposition was from moderates, from people who were concerned, who were seriously worried, about what this bill might do to the fabric of our society. I respect their concern. I respect their worry. They were worried about what it might to do to their families and so on.

Let me repeat to them now that all we are doing with this bill is allowing two people who love each other to have that love recognised by way of marriage. That is all we are doing.

We are not declaring nuclear war on a foreign state. We are not bringing a virus in that could wipe out our agricultural sector for ever.

We are allowing two people who love each other to have that recognised, and I cannot see what is wrong with that for neither love nor money. I just cannot. I cannot understand why someone would be opposed.

I understand why people do not like what it is that others do. That is fine. We are all in that category.

But I give a promise to those people who are opposed to this bill right now. I give you a watertight guaranteed promise.

The sun will still rise tomorrow.

Your teenage daughter will still argue back to you as if she knows everything.

Your mortgage will not grow.

You will not have skin diseases or rashes, or toads in your bed.

The world will just carry on.

So do not make this into a big deal.

This bill is fantastic for the people it affects, but for the rest of us, life will go on.

Finally, can I say that one of the messages I had was that this bill was the cause of our drought—this bill was the cause of our drought.

Well, if any of you follow my Twitter account, you will see that in the Pakuranga electorate this morning it was pouring with rain. We had the most enormous big gay rainbow across my electorate.

It has to be a sign. It has to be a sign. If you are a believer, it is certainly a sign.

Can I finish—for all those who are concerned about this—with a quote from the Bible. It is Deuteronomy. I thought Deuteronomy was a cat out of the musical Cats, but never mind. The quote is Deuteronomy 1:29: “Be ye not afraid.”

With thanks to the The Age for providing the complete transcript.

After the vote passed, like the ending of a movie, those present erupted into song, singing the Pokarekare Ana, a Maori love song that is loved dearly by the people of New Zealand.

Stormy are the waters
Of restless Waiapu
If you cross them, girl
They will be calmed

Oh girl
Come back to me
I could die
Of love for you

I write you my letter
I send you my ring
So your people can see
How troubled I am

Oh girl
Come back to me
I could die
Of love for you

Oh girl
Come back to me
I could die
Of love for you

I could die
Of love (for you).

Like Maurice Williamson, I too believe that the sun will shine Tuesday morning on New Zealand. And it will shine on all of her citizens.

Now on to Tops.

August 18, 2013

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August 17, 2013

(excluding Tip Jars and first comments)

Got mik!

  1) Heh. by SpecialKinFlag — 170
  2) This ought to go right to Holder. by CwV — 165
  3) Wow. by SpecialKinFlag — 146
  4) Unless all these constitution and rules-breaking by judyms9 — 130
  5) For some, no amount of irrefutable evidence by DeadHead — 130
  6) We're raising hell by irmaly — 123
  7) BOE State Guideline by irmaly — 119
  8) Do you think the constitution should be ruled by SpecialKinFlag — 118
  9) Desperate credulity by Dallasdoc — 114
10) That woman is freakin' awesome! by twigg — 102
11) It should be noted that CoIntelPro also... by Meteor Blades — 101
12) In the Guardian and the WaPo by Dallasdoc — 98
13) This is what you have to do by rbird — 93
14) I wish I could say "Wow, unbelievable that he ... by Meteor Blades — 90
15) A fine Democrat by irmaly — 86
16) And now the non-apology apology by joanneleon — 86
17) And where did the report come from? by Dallasdoc — 84
18) Hope to read about a lot more of these acttions by mrsgoo — 83
19) What Gets Me About The NSA Is The "Experts" by webranding — 83
20) Clearly, the gentleman hasn't thought this through by JML9999 — 81
21) Oh look, my NSA monitor took the poll by LaFeminista — 80
22) Kathleen Campbell by irmaly — 80
23) I wonder where this strike would take place. by DuzT — 79
24) It was not just panic and hot air--greed too. by Mimikatz — 77
25) Yes by MisterOpus1 — 74
26) Many seem to be convinced that it's not all that by BigAlinWashSt — 74
27) What's sad, to me, about the Patriot Act... by Lasgalen Lothir — 72
28) we read them, by MrBigDaddy — 72
29) LOL most GOP reps are avoiding their by Heavy Mettle — 72
30) Legitimate and substantiiated concerns by Armando — 71
31) Post is hardcore propaganda/disinformation​... by bobswern — 71
32) Don't get me started... by Radiowalla — 71
33) Indeed. A strike on the U.K. by David Harris Gershon — 71

August 17, 2013

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