Maurice Williamson on Marriage Bill – “be ye not afraid”.

One of the good things about bills on social issues that allow a conscience vote is you get MPs speaking from personal experience and sometimes with passion, sometimes with humour. It can also throw up surprises.

One of the surprises in last night’s Marriage Amendment Bill was National MP Maurice Williamson.

In The House video: Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill – Third Reading – Part 2

Draft transcript:

Hon MAURICE WILLIAMSON (National—Pakuranga): I too will be taking a split call with my colleague Jami-Lee Ross. It is sort of the young and the vibrant versus the old and the boring. Members of the House will be forced to choose which one is which.

I want to first of all congratulate Louisa Wall for this bill, the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill, and I want to say that the good news about years spent in this Parliament is that you learn to deflect all of the dreadful fire and brimstone accusations that are going to happen.

I have had a reverend in my local electorate call and say that the gay onslaught will start the day after this bill is passed. We are really struggling to know what the gay onslaught will look like.

We do not know whether it will come down the Pakuranga Highway as a series of troops, or whether it will be a gas that flows in over the electorate and blocks us all in.

I also had a Catholic priest tell me that I was supporting an unnatural act.I found that quite interesting coming from someone who has taken an oath of celibacy for his whole life.

Hon Amy Adams: “Cell-i-bacy”.

Hon MAURICE WILLIAMSON: “Cell-i-bacy”. OK, we will go with “Cell-i-bacy”. OK. I have not done it, so I do not know what it is about. I also had a letter telling me that I would burn in the fires of hell for eternity.

That was a bad mistake, because I have got a degree in physics. I used the thermodynamic laws of physics. I put in my body weight and my humidity and so on. I assumed the furnace to be at 5,000 degrees. I will last for just on 2.1 seconds. It is hardly eternity. What do you think?

I also heard some more disgusting claims about adoption. Well, I have got three fantastic adopted kids. I know how good adoption is, and I have found some of the claims just disgraceful. I found some of the bullying tactics really evil. I gave up being scared of bullies when I was at primary school.

However, a huge amount of the opposition was from moderates, from people who were concerned, who were seriously worried, about what this bill might do to the fabric of our society. I respect their concern. I respect their worry. They were worried about what it might to do to their families and so on.

Let me repeat to them now that all we are doing with this bill is allowing two people who love each other to have that love recognised by way of marriage. That is all we are doing.

We are not declaring nuclear war on a foreign State. We are not bringing a virus in that could wipe out our agricultural sector for ever.

We are allowing two people who love each other to have that recognised, and I cannot see what is wrong with that for neither love nor money. I just cannot. I cannot understand why someone would be opposed.

I understand why people do not like what it is that others do. That is fine. We are all in that category.

But I give a promise to those people who are opposed to this bill right now. I give you a watertight guaranteed promise.

The sun will still rise tomorrow.

Your teenage daughter will still argue back to you as if she knows everything.

Your mortgage will not grow.

You will not have skin diseases or rashes, or toads in your bed.

The world will just carry on.

So do not make this into a big deal.

This bill is fantastic for the people it affects, but for the rest of us, life will go on.

Finally, can I say that one of the messages I had was that this bill was the cause of our drought—this bill was the cause of our drought.

Well, if any of you follow my Twitter account, you will see that in the Pakuranga electorate this morning it was pouring with rain. We had the most enormous big gay rainbow across my electorate.

It has to be a sign. It has to be a sign. If you are a believer, it is certainly a sign.

Can I finish—for all those who are concerned about this—with a quote from the Bible. It is Deuteronomy. I thought Deuteronomy was a cat out of the musical Cats, but never mind. The quote is Deuteronomy 1:29: “Be ye not afraid.”

14 Comments

  1. Brown

     /  April 18, 2013

    That last comment simply proves he is a self centered, smug twit. I wouldn’t argue against this bill from a bibilcal perspective at all but for someone to quote the bible in support of it ignores the biblical claims that God is sovereign, perfect and cannot abide sin. Of course that leaves us all in the dark but to go around celebrating what the bible says is wrong based on a bible verse, taken out of context, simply proves he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. There’s an old saying about keeping your mouth shut and being thought a fool…

  2. Actually, his speech was good. And I’m gay. And a Christian. So…

  3. Brown

     /  April 18, 2013

    “Good” is a statement of fact and is not the same as you liking it because it made you feel good.

  4. WOC

     /  April 18, 2013

    What a wonderful simplistic way to put the whole thing in perspective… Of course though, the haters gona hate!

  5. Brown

     /  April 18, 2013

    See, I disagree with a gay person about something, point out a grammatical error and I’m a hater. That’s why this law change is of concern – we have caved into people who will not tolerate an alternative opinion.

    • michelle

       /  April 18, 2013

      Im fairly sure that the people for this bill are not the “people who will not tolerate an alternative opinion” if anyone was to describe either party as intolerant of alternative ways… im pretty sure we both know which side that describes perfectly considering that we are discussing a bill that gives ‘alternative’ people the same civil rights.

      • michelle

         /  April 18, 2013

        And you do not need to be against same-sex marriage to quote the bible. God loves every one of us, and the bible is there for everyone, including Williamson.
        And god is perfect and sovereign and everything else, which is why he would NEVER create a form of sexuality that was ‘wrong’.
        To say that homosexuality is a flaw in humanity is to say that god created something that

      • michelle

         /  April 18, 2013

        *is to say that god isn’t perfect and he screwed up somewhere in his creations.

        You have to remember that the bible was written 13 hundred years ago and paraphrased and translated many times by people who ARE NOT god. You cannot take these words literally. Take the morals behind it but dont take it word for word literally, otherwise if you choose to take one part literally you should be taking the rest of it literally including the part where you are not allowed to wear mixed fabric clothes, eat shellfish or pork, that includes yummy bacon! You have to take your wife back to her dads house after you marry her and stone her to death if shes not a virgin, your kids are an abomination if they disobey you… Just as much an abomination as gay people may I add .

        I think we can all agree that all of that is ridiculous and you don’t take all those parts of the bible literally, so why the gay part?
        just know that god told you to love everyone…which I think is the best part to take literally, don’t you think? It’s definitely the most enjoyable one to take literally, rather than hating on a group of minority. I get your second hand misery from reading you comments 😦

  6. Brown

     /  April 19, 2013

    OK Michelle, whatever you say. What is it with gays? They know all about people they have never met which is a pretty impressive trick. Spot misery at 100 metres.

    • BJS3D

       /  April 20, 2013

      You would seem to know this trick very well, you pretentious ass. What you condemn others for is what you represent. You are demonstrating intolerance and that “I know you, though I’ve never met you” attitude.

      What is it with fundamentalists? Have they not read their own swill? Have they not been presented with Mathew 7:5? If you must be so reliant on your god to provide you a moral compass, why do you deny applying the same morality to your own actions? The word you will be looking for as it applies to you is “narcissistic”. That is the word that defines the fundamentalist mentality.

  7. Rosy

     /  May 5, 2013

    Hi, Michelle.
    Thank you ever so much for just existing! The world needs people with a clear mind like yours. As for this fella Brown, let’s hope he/she can wake up tomorrow with a clear point of view, if not, just let it be. When I say clear I mean he/she has the right to be against anything, but should be prudent enough to keep it to him/herself.

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