Dance in Waikato to promote marriage equality
At Hamilton's Riff Raff statueANGELA CUMING
An equal rights lobby group has planned a special ‘‘first dance’’ at Hamilton's Riff Raff statue to celebrate the first reading of the marriage equality bill in Parliament, and you are all invited.
Legalise Love Waikato, a new branch of the Wellington-based lobby group, will hold the event this Saturday.
Their invitation says the first dance symbolises the first dance of a newlywed couple.
‘‘So bring your posh frocks, your suave suits, anything wedding themed!’’, it says.
‘‘It would be great to see brides, grooms, celebrants, flower girls, ring-bearers - anything your heart’s desire!’’.
One of the co-founders of Legalise Love Waikato is Lido Cinema manager Stewart Putwain, who said the event would be first and foremost fun.
‘‘We want everyone to come party with us and send a clear message to the MPs that we want marriage equality,’’ he said.
Mr Putwain, who is married to wife Victoria, said his group members came from a broad cross-section of the community but all were united in equal rights for all New Zealanders.
‘‘In the first meeting we had what seemed to come up is this no longer gay or straight issue but a human rights issue,’’ he said.
‘‘I have gay friends, gay friends with families, friends who are not going to be directly affected by this bill, but they are all interested in human rights on all levels and stopping people getting married just because of who they love just seems wrong.’’
Everyone who supports the bill is welcome and are asked to gather at the Riff Raff statue on Victoria Street from 10.45am.
MP Louisa Wall's marriage equality bill is scheduled for its first reading on August 29.
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