Love is just love, and NZ should be happy for them

GRACE KING
Last updated 11:43 15/02/2013
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DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY: Sam Taylor (left) and Ronnie Collinson at Legalise Love Waikato's 'First Dance' for marriage equality last year in Hamilton.

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OPINION: All over the world, same-sex marriage and the social rights of people that identify as LGBTQ are hot topics.

Here in New Zealand, a Bill allowing same-sex marriage is in the works at Parliament. The bill allows for same-sex couples to have the same rights and ceremonies applied to 'standard marriage'.

Despite the Homosexual Law Reform Act of 1986, it has taken us over 28 years to get to this point, where the government finally sees reason in that a homosexual is a PERSON and should automatically have the same right to love as a heterosexual.

I feel that as an issue, it shouldn't even have to be debated.

Who are they to dictate whether people should be allowed to marry or not based on the gender of their partner?

Love is just love, and our country should be happy for them.

Personally, I have a few friends that identify as Lesbian, Gay or Bi-Sexual, and I think nothing of it.

They're still my friends, and they go through the same relationship problems as I do.

Teenagers now don't seem to worry or care so much about whether or not people are straight or gay.

If all young adults had to opportunity to vote on same-sex marriage, it would be a positive one.

As a generation, I believe that we are the most accepting of differences, and strongly believe that everyone should have the same rights no matter who they are, or who they love.

While recently listening to the radio and doing a million other things as teenagers seem to do, I heard a song that struck me as a perfect example of how same-sex is seen in society, particularly by teens. '

Macklemore's 'Same Love' is currently No.1 here in New Zealand, and has also become the unofficial anthem of the gay rights movement.

"A preconceived idea of what it all meant, For those that liked the same sex. Had the characteristics... Have you read the YouTube comments lately, 'Man, that's gay' gets dropped on the daily. We become so numb to what we're saying. A culture founded from oppression, yet we don't have acceptance for 'em...
A word rooted in hate, yet our genre still ignores it, Gay is synonymous with the lesser."

To me this seems to be such a profound view of it.

I love this song, and have had it on replay whenever I could. It explains that as a culture, although the majority of us accept it, there is still a preconceived notion of hate and ignorance that stems from misinformation and a fear of the unknown.

I look at songs like this and the revolutions around the world to this issue, despite the continuing hate and misinformation from people like the Westboro Baptist Church, I am proud that as a nation, as an international community, we are slowly becoming aware of the people in our society that don't receive the same rights as everyone else, and doing what we can to rectify that.

It may only be slow, but it's happening.

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