NZ MP’s daughter tells him to ‘wake-up’ to gay marriage

The daughter of New Zealand Labour MP Damien O’Connor, who is planning to vote against the gay marriage bill, posts a Facebook message saying ‘society needs to wake up’

NZ MP’s daughter tells him to ‘wake-up’ to gay marriage
10 August 2012

The daughter of a New Zealand MP who said he will not be voting for the gay marriage bill has posted a message on his Facebook page supporting gay rights.

Bridgette O’Connor, the daughter of the Labour MP Damien O’Connor, said:

‘I hope he does vote for gay marriage as society needs to wake up and realise these are normal people who deserve the same treatment and rights as everyone else.

‘It is who they are. They cannot change this and are people like you and I. Why should they be denied the same human right everyone else is entitled to just because they love someone the same sex?’

O’Connor replied to the post saying he was proud of his daughter ‘who thinks for herself and has a strong sense of social justice’, but added:

‘Sometimes we disagree. And so it will be throughout New Zealand. We must respect one another’s opinions but ignore the extremes from both sides of the debate.’

The MP has previously said he will not vote for the gay marriage bill and last year he was pressured to apologise when he blamed his low ranking on the Labour list on a ‘gaggle of gays’.

Ironically O’Connor was the Minister for Tourism in the last Labour government in New Zealand, when marriage equality advocates say that there will be a big boost for the country’s tourism if gay marriage is legalized before neighboring Australia.

The issue of gay marriage in New Zealand is proving divisive, not only in families like the O’Connor’s but also within the Labour Party.

MP Su’a William Sio has been admonished for saying that the bill will cost the Labour Party the next election. Sio said yesterday ‘I will not be doing any more statements about that’.



No thumbnail available

Hotel dons diverse rainbow outfit in support of World Pride

W London hotel in Leicester Square has pledged colourful support for World Pride by raising donations for the Elton John AIDS Foundation
No thumbnail available

Batman and Robin washed up in London

Amazing sand sculpture on the banks of the UK capital's river Thames shows a loved-up Batman and Robin cuddling on the sofa
No thumbnail available

TV personalities take on Pope Benedict on gay marriage

Ladies of The View and comic Jimmy Kimmel take issue with anti-gay remarks
No thumbnail available

Gay euphemisms dismissed from Taiwan's obits

Taiwan ministry says euphemisms should not be used in obituaries of gay people
No thumbnail available

Androgynous model makes history as Elle cover star

Androgynous model Andrej Pejic is first transgender cover star of Elle Serbia
No thumbnail available

Birmingham Pride takes stand to protect Human Rights Act

See pictures from one of the first Prides of the year
No thumbnail available

Barney Frank on Aaron Schock 'He spent entirely too much time in the gym for a straight man'

First openly gay congressman in US history shares his thoughts on his fallen former colleague
A summer of sport in Stockholm

A summer of sport in Stockholm

The capital of Sweden comes alive in the summer sun as the Eurogames hits town
No thumbnail available

12 ways to change your life in 2012

We asked Britain's leading personal and business coach for her top tips to help you reach your goals this year
No thumbnail available

Atlanta fire chief ousted for equating gay sex to bestiality

'Devout Christian' says he is unapologetic