April 18, 2013
Marriage bill allows indigenous stories
The attention of the world is on Manurewa MP, Louisa Wall, today in appreciation of her role steering a bill allowing same sex marriage through parliament.
The marriage equality bill passed last night in a conscience vote 77 to 44.
Ms Wall says she’s proud to continue New Zealand’s legacy, being in the forefront of human rights legislation.
She also appreciated support and votes from other Māori MPs, including a powerful speech from the Māori Party’s Te Ururoa Flavell referencing the Māori legend of Hinemoa, Tutanekai and Tiki.
“For us as Māori, we have opportunities to talk about our indigeneity and the fact we have and always have had whānau who are lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transvestite or intersex. Part of our decolonisation process is to remember some of our stories, and to celebrate the full breadth of who we are and the contribution was incredibly special – Te Ururoa delivered it brilliantly,” she says.
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