At last New Zealand’s leading newspaper has acknowledged that support for gay marriage has declined ever since a bill to legalise it was introduced six months ago. The NZ Herald‘s front page headline today reads, “Gay marriage shock” and the summary beneath it: “Religious sacremongering blamed for surprise increase in Kiwi’s opposition to law change”. Of course there had to be a sinister reason for Kiwis coming to their senses.
The fact remains that barely half the country supports same-sex marriage legislation which is already two-thirds of its way through Parliament. Asked in a Herald-DigiPoll “Which of the following best fits your view about marriage law? — It should remain only between a man and a woman. OR It should be changed to allow it to be between same sex couples.” — 48 percent chose the first option and 49.6 percent the second. That’s a rise of 7.5 percentage points against gay marriage from a poll last June and a decline of 4 points for it. Those who opted for “Don’t know” or refused to answer declined from 6 per cent to 2.4 percent. The uncertain are making up their minds.
In an amusing turn the Herald found a couple of lesbians (pictured above) who said they “have burning red faces with hurt and anger (sic)” over the opposition because they want to get married. A picture of the pair shows not even a modest blush between them.
Online a poll alongside the report shows 55 percent of readers against gay marriage and 40 percent for it. Stay tuned. Parliament debates amendments tomorrow.