Tuesday, December 07, 2004

The final push.

And so now we get to the final push. Where that last bit of effort will help to pass the Civil Union Bill and establish a new form of relationship that is open to all people - regardless of who they are.

Opponents of the bill are shitting kittens and going nuts, and you can bet they are flooding the MPs with communication. They lost prostitution law reform and they will be gutted if they lose this one. The press releases the campaign against civil unions are releasing are off the planet. Try here, here, here and here.

Opposition MPs are doing all they can to wreck the bill. From referendums to civil relationships which Id say totally misses the intent of the legislation.

Xavier must be gorging himself.

Its all terribly exciting.

Last week Michael, my friend who has organised the Auckland Civil Union campaign, set up an email wizard to allow people who support the bill to easily send emails to the MPs. It crashed under the weight of public opinion. He has set it back up here, and it is even better. Please please go to this site and send the MPs an email. It doesnt matter if you sent one last week - the more the merrier.

Also please distribute the website address for the email wizard as far and wide as you can.

This is the final push.


  • Hey Faggot,

    Stuff your thumb up your ass!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:00 am  

  • Wow, my own very first piece of hate mail. Well a hate comment. Anonymous too - very brave.

    This is what the MPs are getting ever hour. I hope other fair minded New Zealanders listen to the type of crap coming from the opposition to this legislation and come to the conclusion that the type of country that anonymous wants is not the type of country NZ should be. I hope the MPs realise that if they vote now, they support the views of the like of anonymous.

    By Blogger Constar, at 12:14 pm  

  • Con, when did you become "one of the team"? ;)

    By Blogger Jordan, at 1:39 pm  

  • Jordan, you may be as confused as Anonymous. I am indeed a hetro. Or a breeder as Xavier would call me.

    I considered stuffing my thumb up my arse, but felt it would not achieve much in the way of supporting the civil union bill. I guess those opposing the bills are pretty desperate now. I guess they realise they are not going to succeed in denying people rights.

    By Blogger Constar, at 10:16 pm  

  • yet more propaganda against those who lack opposable thumbs. shame on you all i say.

    By Blogger Span, at 10:45 pm  

  • Con,

    You really didnt understand what I meant when I said that "thumb" comment......What I was trying to say was that NOBODY GIVES A RATS ASS about FAGS/GAYS/STREETPEOPLE

    The obvious truth to be told here in Darwinian context is that a species or subspecies will become extinct when they can no longer provide progeny due to maladaptation or the lack of adapting new characters...It is obvious in this case that a genetic deletion (mutation) is responsable(gays/fags/streetpeople)

    SO! Lets just allow those borne losers to continue fucking off and watch them perish before our eyes!


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:54 pm  

  • um mr/ms anon, you do know that actually everyone is going to die, not just gay people?

    i find your vitriol interesting - can i suggest if you were true to your thesis that no one cares about gays, fags and streetpeople then you yourself would not even have commented in the first place?

    By Blogger Span, at 8:36 pm  

  • I guess it's lucky that I'm both a gay man AND a biologist. Let me know dissect Anonymous' ludicrous pseudoscientific argument...

    "The obvious truth to be told here in Darwinian context is that a species or subspecies will become extinct when they can no longer provide progeny due to maladaptation or the lack of adapting new characters...It is obvious in this case that a genetic deletion (mutation) is responsable [sic](gays/fags/streetpeople)"

    When one considers the natural world, one realises that behavioural construct (which we call 'homosexuality') is not an exclusivily human one. Intragender sexual action can be seen among Bonobos, Dolphins, Penguins, African Wild Dogs and other mammals, particularly as a form of asserting a dominance heirarchy.

    Given this, it is rather fallacious, nay let me be so bold as to assert STUPID, that homosexuality is a 'genetic maladaptation'. Several researchers in the field of sexual reproduction have found that those 'populations with a degree of homosexuality' in fact fare better than those populations without. Several reasons have been postulated. 1)Homosexual behaviour reduces aggression between males (eg Bonobos) 2) Homosexuality increases male-male bonding (eg Dolphins and Penguins) and 3) Homosexuality provides a substrate for 'kin selection' whereby males that do not reproduce aid their mother or another matriarch with the raising of offspring that share a substantial portion of their genes (eg African Wild Dogs). Furthermore, 'Anonymous' gives the rather simplistic argument that homosexuality is a solely genetic phenomenon, with a single putative gene/allele. This is obviously incorrect, as any thinking person realises that humans in general, and human behaviour in particular, is the result of both genetic and epigenetic (i.e. environmental) interactions. To assert Nature vs. Nurture is in fact a false dichotomy, perpetuated by those who have that other, more deleterious and dangerous genetic defect - congenital stupidity.

    Oh YEAH! I think THAT is a Smackdown!

    By Blogger Xavier, at 8:43 pm  

  • Well put, guys. It really illustrates how much people are actually affected by prejudice when they group gay people in with 'supposed' lowlifes or 'less valuable' people.

    I say, a gay man or woman would be perceived by anonymous to be a perfectly acceptable human being the day before they came out. What is it about homosexuality that engenders such fear and hate? I daresay we would have seen the same kind of fear when women were getting the vote or getting jobs.

    As you so eloquently put it, they're 'shitting kittens'. And not for the first time.

    By Blogger Matt, at 9:41 pm  

  • Keep up the good fight. As long as there's an 'anonymous' feature for comments, there will be bigots and children who think they're as funny as getting you out of the shower and hanging up.

    I wish you much better luck in your country than we had recently here in the 'good ole USA'. Just don't underestimate the power of the church to produce hate-filled ignoramouses.

    By Blogger Drew, at 1:18 pm  

  • i hope we haven't scared Anon away - now we'll never find out why streetpeople are all gay...

    By Blogger Span, at 10:42 pm  

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