MP Louisa Wall’s Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill was drawn from the ballot on the 26th of July.
The Bill passed its first reading in parliament on the 28th of August. Written submissions on the bill closed on October 26th.
The Select Committee report was published on the 27th of February 2013.
The Bill passed its second reading in parliament on the 13th of March.
The Bill appeared before the Committee of the whole House on the 27th of March, and is now proceeding to the third reading. This will take place on the 17th of April.
It is important to continue lobbying MPs through this process, and also to thank those who are supporting the Bill. There is a list here that shows how the MPs voted.
Celebrations are being planned to coincide with the third reading. Like our Facebook page and the Campaign for Marriage Equality page to keep to up to date on what’s happening. You can also follow us on Twitter.
LegaliseLove Wellington are still running community meetings on Wednesday evenings.
On the 27th of March, the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill championed by Labour Party MP Louisa Wall passed through the Committee of the Whole House stage in Parliament, drawing ever closer to its Third and final Reading on 17 April. Possible changes to the Bill were discussed, such as the resolution to hold a binding national referendum on the issue, but were ultimately rejected by the majority of Parliament. Now is the perfect time to be reminding MPs which side of the debate is consistent with a belief in love and equality. Our leaders have a few short months to decide whether they want to be remembered as being on the right side of history in years to come.
A list of the MPs who voted for and against the Bill at its Second Reading on 13 May can be found at marriageequality.co.nz. – Joseph