Same-sex marriage becomes law in New Zealand today

August 19th, 2013 Posted in Gay Marriage |

By Michael Cook, MercatorNet

Today is the first day of legal same-sex marriage in New Zealand. Bob McCoskrie, the director of Family First New Zealand, who campaigned long and hard against it, sent along this internet meme to mark the occasion.
“Next.”
“Good morning. We want to apply for a marriage licence.”
“Names?”
“Tim and Jim Jones.”
“Jones? Are you related? I see a resemblance.”
“Yes, we’re brothers.”
“Brothers? You can’t get married.”
“Why not? Aren’t you giving marriage licences to same gender couples?”
“Yes, thousands. But we haven’t had any siblings. That’s incest! Why do you want to get married?”
“For the financial benefits, of course. And we do love each other. Besides, we don’t have any other prospects.”
“But we’re issuing marriage licences to gay and lesbian couples who’ve been denied equal protection under the law. If you are not gay, you can get married to a woman.”
“Wait a minute. A gay man has the same right to marry a woman as I have. But just because I’m straight doesn’t mean I want to marry a woman. I want to marry Jim.”
“And I want to marry Tim, Are you going to discriminate against us just because we are not gay?”
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