July 29, 2013
Walk-out wrong response to homophobe MP
Māori Party co-leader Tariana Turia says youth MPs were wrong to walk out on a speech by one of the Māori Party’s representatives to last week’s youth parliament.
Kura Waller, who was Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell’s selection for the event, spoke against the marriage equality law.
She said her elders had never told her gay marriage or being gay was OK.
Mrs Turia says Ms Waller is entitled to an opinion.
"These issues, they’re very individually focused, everybody gets to vote individually on them. The boy that led the walk-out was gay. I think it’s very important that we don’t impose those views on others. Thirty percent of the young people walked out and perhaps they thought they were doing the right thing. My view is if you have a different view, you argue that point of view. You don’t walk away," she says.
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