NZ MP Laughs At ‘Gay Marriage Causes Crime’ Argument: ‘Manifestly Nonsensical’

HamburglarLike so many other legislatures in the world, New Zealand's Parliament is currently considering a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. And, as happens the world over, this legislative development has brought out some real anti-gay loons, like Garth McVicar.

McVicar, a lobbyist for the crime victims' rights group Sensible Sentencing, filed a brief with parliament in which he claims marriage equality will lead not to loving relationships, but to rampant crime.

"The marriage amendment bill will not benefit society at all and will
ultimately have detremetal (sic) effect on crime at all levels," he wrote.

Kevin Hague, a Green Party MP who sits on the select committee debating whether or not to put the marriage bill to a full vote, laughed at McVicar's dubious rationale.

"Although [McVicar's complaint] echoes a number of submissions that say marriage has
been the same way for a long time and that if you tamper with it there
will be lots of unforeseen circumstances," he said. "I suspect that underlying this submission is a prejudice against gay
people. If you break the argument down, it is manifestly nonsensical." 

Like so many of the other right wing arguments…


  1. v says

    just a note, kevin hague is an out gay mp for the greens. but he does not sit on the select committee hearing submissions. he did author a similar gay marriage bill but it was not selected to be read to parliament

  2. Darrell says

    Once the Kiwis get same sex marriage in the laws. Their wingnuts will shut up and realize they are totally out numbered by calm, civilized, warm and tolerant New Zealanders such as Canadians have become after our marriage laws passed it becomes a non-issue and life moves on.

    Also if NZ moves ahead of Australia it will make the smaller of the two southern former British colonies look more progressive and Australia will start to try to catch up. Just like how the States is begining to match Canada in same sex marriage laws with some states approving same sex marriage, It always seems to take a “small nieghbour” to shame the bigger one into realizing it is a intolerant and ignorant bully.

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