UPDATE December 2012 – this page was updated with voting intentiions as determined from a number of media, online sources plus direct contact with MPs.
I stopped updating this at the time of the vote on 29 August 2012.
For a table of summary of intent plus how MPs voted at the first reading: MPs on same sex marriage – first vote
MP comments and positions on same sex marriage and marriage equality. If MPs want to add, amend or remove details please advise.
- New Zealand for Marriage Equality :
DOES YOUR MP SUPPORT THE BILL FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY (AT FIRST READING AT LEAST)?
8 Abstain (NOTE: There was a news report that NZF may vote against)
(as at 29 August 2012)
- Listener: NZ’s marriage equality bill – a longblog
A running blog on the bill that would legalise same-sex marriage in New Zealand. Links to source material, commentary and analysis.
- NZ Herald survey of MPs : Are you for or against Louisa Wall’s bill?
* 52 – For
* 13 – Against
* 2 – Undecided / maybe for
* 2 – Undecided / maybe against
* 44 – Undecided
* 8 – No reply / no comment.
(as at 1 August 2012)
|Adams, Amy||NAT||Yes||@amyadamsMP I’m voting yes to the Marriage Equality Bill today. I respect genuine views on both sides but ultimately I’m a live and let live person.|
|Ardern, Jacinda||LAB||Yes||…if a vote came up tomorrow on the question of gay marriage, I would give my support because of the same principle – fairness. 4|
|Ardern, Shane||NAT||No||NZ for Marriage Equality|
|Auchinvole, Chris||NAT||No||NZ for Marriage Equality|
|Bakshi, Kanwaljit Singh||NAT||No||NZ for Marriage Equality|
|Banks, John||ACT||Yes||@patrickgowernz – John banks is voting for gay marriage|
|Bennett, David||NAT||Yes||NZ for Marriage Equality|
|Blue, Jackie||NAT||Yes||NZ for Marriage Equality|
|Borrows, Chester||NAT||No||…Chester Borrows cited religious beliefs…6(NZ for Marriage Equality say Yes)|
|Bridges, Simon||NAT||Undec.||‘Not sure’ about allowing gay marriage. He says ‘I’m hedging my bets, but I’d want to think about that’. He adds that in terms of civil unions, ‘I’m relaxed about that’.
– 5 Vote Chat 2011
|Browning, Steffan||GRE||Yes||The Green Party has policy supporting full legal equality, regardless of sexual orientation, which means that all of our MPs will vote for marriage equality. We do not believe that this important human rights issue is appropriate for a conscience vote. (K Hague email)|
|Brownlee, Gerry||NAT||No||NZ for Marriage Equality|
|Calder, Cam||NAT||Yes||Feedback from National MP’s on Marriage Bill on the way into caucus(@felixmarwick)|
|Carter, David||NAT||NoYes||NZ for Marriage EqualityFeedback from National MP’s on Marriage Bill on the way into caucus(@felixmarwick)|
|Chauvel, Charles||LAB||Yes||Making sure that every couple has the right to marry is a no-brainer. (Facebook)“It was Labour policy in the last election to support the right of same-sex couples to marry.” 1|
|Clark, David||LAB||Yes||@DavidClarkNZ Ibelieve in fairness and equality of opportunity. I’m also a civil union celebrant.NZ for Marriage Equality|
|Clendon, David||GRE||Yes||(email 11/5/12)|
|Collins, Judith||NAT||Yes||Collins said of marriage equality: “I’ve got no problem with it.”
Justice minister now pro gay equality, marriage
|Cosgrove, Clayton||LAB||Undec.||NZ for Marriage Equality|
|Cunliffe, David||LAB||Yes||NZ for Marriage EqualityCunliffe said ‘I strongly support civil unions, and I strongly support the equalisation of property and other rights for civil union couples’. But in terms of changes to marriage, he said ‘We have to be guided by public opinions’. He admitted that his policy on allowing gay marriage could be characterised as: ‘No’ for now, ‘maybe’ for later.
– Vote Chat 2011
|Curran, Clare||LAB||Yes||Says she sees it as ‘a human rights issue’ and that she finds it ‘extraordinary that we’re still having these discussions’.
– 5 Vote Chat 2011
|Dalziel, Lianne||LAB||Yes||NZ for Marriage Equality|
|Delahunty, Catherine||GRE||Yes||“Totally support marriage equality for everyone!” (email 18/5/12)‘We’re into it. It’s a human right’.
– 5 Vote Chat 2011
|Dunne, Peter||UF||Yes||The reason I support Louisa Wall’s Bill is because the community is ready for the debate, and we should not be afraid of it. (Consistent with United Future liberal principles.)
– email 28/07/12
|Dyson, Ruth||LAB||Yes||(email 11/5/12)|
|English, Bill||NAT||No?||Deputy Prime Minister Bill English said the issue was “not that important” and he “thought the problem had been solved” with the introduction of civil unions in 2004. “In the big picture, it’s not that important,” Mr English said. 6Says he’s changed his view on civil unions, and is ‘relaxed about civil unions’. He stresses that gay community is not simply in favour of getting married.
|Faafoi, Kris||LAB||Yes||NZ for Marriage Equality|
|Fenton, Darien||LAB||Yes||However civil unions should remain for those who don’t subscribe to the religious connotations around marriage. (email)|
|Finlayson, Christopher||NAT||N/C||“I haven’t given it a moment’s thought. I’m too busy solving Treaty grievances.” 6|
|Flavell, Te Ururoa||MAO||Yes||Te Ururoa supports both and wants to add that tamariki should stay with whanau where appropriate.Nga mihi,|
|Genter, Julie Anne||GRE||Yes||The Green Party has policy supporting full legal equality, regardless of sexual orientation, which means that all of our MPs will vote for marriage equality. We do not believe that this important human rights issue is appropriate for a conscience vote. (K Hague email)|
|Goff, Phil||LAB||Yes||NZ for Marriage Equality|
|Graham, Kennedy||GRE||Yes||The Green Party has policy supporting full legal equality, regardless of sexual orientation, which means that all of our MPs will vote for marriage equality. We do not believe that this important human rights issue is appropriate for a conscience vote. (K Hague email)|
|Hague, Kevin||GRE||Yes||The Green Party has policy supporting full legal equality, regardless of sexual orientation, which means that all of our MPs will vote for marriage equality. We do not believe that this important human rights issue is appropriate for a conscience vote. (email) @KevinHagueIn case you weren’t sure: I personally support marriage equality and all Green MPs will support a Bill that achieves this
Also: 5 Vote Chat 2011
|Harawira, Hone||MAN||Yes||Harawira said that MANA believes that strong and healthy relationships were the foundation of loving whanau and a positive and vibrant society, and recognised that those relationships could be found between all people, regardless of sex, race or class.“Because of that” said Harawira “MANA also believes that partners in such relationships should be entitled to enter into marriage and/or adopt children, with the same legal protections, rights and responsibilities for all, regardless of sex, race or class”.Harawira said that on behalf of MANA he would be proud to support Miss Wall’s bill at first reading and looked forward to further discussions with her about the future of her bill.Press Release: Mana Party|
|Henare, Tau||NAT||Yes||Check what I said on Twitter about my view, I think that will suffice. (email)
@tauhenare human rights issue lift, my nonstick view is, if you want to, why not, as long as there is no harm to others.@tauhenare have a read of my comments then and you will see that I’m quite relaxed. If they want to marry then y not.
|Hipkins, Chris||LAB||Yes||NZ for Marriage Equality|
|Horan, Brendan||NZF||Yes||NZ for Marriage Equality|
|Horomia, Parekura||LAB||Yes||NZ for Marriage Equality|
|Hutchison, Paul||NAT||No||Feedback from National MP’s on Marriage Bill on the way into caucus(@felixmarwick)|
|Joyce, Steven||NAT||Undec.||Steven Joyce said he had “not given it a moment’s thought” and that it was “not exactly the biggest issue of the day”. 6|
|Kaye, Nikki||NAT||Yes||If legislation came before Parliament I’d vote for it. 4|
|Key, John||NAT||Yes||Prime Minister John Key announced in May that he would vote for the first reading of a gay marriage bill. 6Prime Minister John Key said he was not against same-sex marriage. 1Not on National’s agenda (Radio NZ)|
|King, Annette||LAB||Yes|| ‘I certainly do. I do not see why we would deny a loving couple who had a relationship that they wanted to make a long-lasting one in a marriage, why we would deny them.… I would vote for gay marriage’. She said: ‘I see it as a human rights issues’.
– 5 Vote Chat 2011
|King, Colin||NAT||Yes||Relaxed about it, let’s have the debate. Back Benches 16/5/12NZ for Marriage Equality|
|Lees-Galloway, Iain||LAB||–||Advised by independent email: I have personally asked him about this issue, and even put the question to the candidates for the Palmerston North electorate at last year’s Manawatu Standard election debate. The video can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtTF08p5bSs|
|Little, Andrew||LAB||Yes||NZ for Marriage Equality|
|Lotu-Iiga, Peseta Sam||NAT||–|
|Macindoe, Tim||NAT||No||Clearly states that he is ‘Against gay marriage’ and that his ‘personal view is that marriage is between a man and a women’. But he qualifies this by saying that he ‘appreciate[s] the fact that gay couples have an absolute legal right to enjoy the protection of their interests’.
– 5 Vote Chat 2011
|Mackey, Moana||LAB||Yes||NZ for Marriage Equality|
|Mahuta, Nanaia||LAB||Yes||NZ for Marriage Equality|
|Martin, Tracey||NZF||Yes||Personally, why shouldn’t they have the same rights. Very hard to argue against it.
But need to go to the people who voted fo her.
Back Benches 16/05/12NZ for Marriage Equality
|Mitchell, Mark||NAT||Yes|| NZ for Marriage Equality
|Moroney, Sue||LAB||Yes||NZ for Marriage Equality|
|Ngaro, Alfred||NAT||No||Feedback from National MP’s on Marriage Bill on the way into caucus(@felixmarwick)|
|Norman, Russel||GRE||Yes||I support same sex marriage (email)“If gay people want to get married then they should be allowed to.”Seriously, it’s pretty straightforward. I don’t see why your sexual preference should be any barrier to marriage. It’s no big deal.” 3|
|O’Connor, Damien||LAB||No||NZ for Marriage Equality|
|O’Rourke, Denis||NZF||Yes||NZ for Marriage Equality|
|Peters, Winston||NZF||No|| No commentPeters defends his opposition to allowing same-sex couples to marry by stressing that a lot of gay people that he talks to aren’t actually in favour of it, and they say ‘I don’t want to be caught in some sort of matrimonial association’
‘Privately telling me, whatever you do, don’t do this’.
‘If it’s a human right, you need to tell me where that human right came from’.
‘‘The question is what does the public want?’
– 5 Vote Chat 2011
|Prosser, Richard||NZF||No||… said he would vote against the bill, so as to “preserve the institution of marriage”. 6|
|Robertson, Grant||LAB||Yes||Announced his support when asked at Aro Valley Candidates’ Meeting last election.Of course I’m in favour of it. Marriage equality. Same for everyyone. Back Benches 16/05/125 Vote Chat 2011|
|Robertson, Ross||LAB||No||NZ for Marriage Equality|
|Ross, Jami-Lee||NAT||Yes||I can confirm I am in favour of marriage equality. (Email 19/5/12)|
|Roy, Eric||NAT||No||Feedback from National MP’s on Marriage Bill on the way into caucus(@felixmarwick)|
|Sabin, Mike||NAT||No||NZ for Marriage Equality|
|Sharples, Pita||MAO||Yes||…Ms Wall won the immediate support of … Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples. 6|
|Shearer, David||LAB||Yes||“fully” supported marriage equality in principle but would like to see the detail of any legislation before giving it formal support. 3David Shearer gave an unequivocal response in favour of allowing gay marriage
– 5 Vote Chat 2011
|Sio, Su’a William||LAB||–|
|Smith, Nick||NAT||Undec.No||I have not come to a view yet. On such issues, I like to firstly see the specifics of the legislation and secondly, would wish to consider the views of my Nelson electorate.My broader perspective is that there are more important issues for NZ currently. Civil unions enable gay couples to enjoy all the same legal rights as married couples, so the debate in a NZ context is more about terminology than substance. (email 18/5/12)Feedback from National MP’s on Marriage Bill on the way into caucus(@felixmarwick)|
|Street, Maryan||LAB||Yes||NZ for Marriage Equality|
|Tirikatene, Rino||LAB||Yes||NZ for Marriage Equality|
I fully support same sex marriage.
|Turia, Tariana||MAO||Yes||LEANING YES “So long as children have the best parent that they can have . . . that that’s the most important thing rather than the sexuality.” 6…would support same-sex marriage on the basis that individuals and whanau had the right to choose for themselves whether or not to marry. 1|
|Twyford, Phil||LAB||Undec.||NZ for Marriage Equality|
|Walker, Holly||GRE||Yes||@hollyrwalker Great work Obama! #legaliselove http://ht.ly/aOegShttps://twitter.com/#!/hollyrwalker/status/200335189229043712TAbsolutely need to have marriage equality. Both options need to be available to everybody. Back Benches 16/05/125 Vote Chat 2011|
|Wall, Louisa||LAB||Yes||I believe we all need to consider this matter in terms of equality and not our personal beliefs. In doing that no rational person could in my view oppose all people, regardless of their sexual orientation, having the same legal rights and ability to choose for themselves how they express their commitment and love for another person.
-part of this post:http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2012/05/guest-post-louisa-wall/
|Williams, Andrew||NZF||Yes||NZ for Marriage Equality|
|Woods, Megan||LAB||Yes||NZ for Marriage Equality|
Emailed all MPs, news reports, reported by others.
5. From Vote Chat responses in last year’s election campaign, with video – NZ politicians on gay marriage (on the record).