Over at No Right Turn and under the heading NZ First comes out for bigotry, Idiot/Savant blogs:
NZ First has announced that it wants a referendum on marriage equality, and so will be opposing Louisa Wall's bill.This is probably a fair reflection of their elderly supporters' bigotry. At the same time, its deeply worrying, in that they think that matters of fundamental rights should be subject to a popular vote. Though somehow, I suspect they'd be less keen if it was their fundamental rights (e.g. to vote, to enjoy equal treatment under the law, or to live) in question.Referenda are generally a good idea. But not where people's fundamental rights are concerned. People shouldn't be able to vote to have other people killed. And they shouldn't be able to vote to deny them full citizenship.
Now regular readers will know that we hold little truck for NZ First and for Winston Peters. But let's just back up the truck a little; doesn't NZ First and don't the NZ First MP's have the right to vote as they please on Louisa Wall's Bill?
When we commented on Friday about the drawing of the Bill from the Members' Ballot, we noted this:
There were numerous suggestions yesterday from same-sex marriage activists and their supporters that those who oppose this Bill are being offensive or bigoted. We totally reject that view. We are a free and fair society, and the right to hold a certain belief is inherent to our democracy. MP's such as Damian O'Connor and Ross Robertson (Labour), Bill English and Tim Macindoe (National), Hone Harawira (Mana) and Richard Prosser and Asenati Lole-Taylor (NZ First) are among those who have indicated tht they oppose same-sex marriage for various reasons. They are perfectly entitled to hold those views without bullying, intimidation or name-calling.
And in the comments to that post, Green Party activist bsprout added this thought (with our emphasis added):
So we're wondering who the real bigots are; the NZ First MP's and others who oppose Louisa Wall's Bill, or Idiot/Savant and his ilk, who are demanding that we accept their point of view, and abusing those who dare to oppose them?