And NZ First MP Richard Prosser says although he has ”nothing against gays” he will be voting against a gay marriage bill to ”preserve the institution of marriage”.
A members bill to allow same sex couples to marry was today drawn from a ballot and will be debated by Parliament – potentially as early as next month.
The bill, led by Labour MP Louisa Wall, is likely to be subject to a conscience vote but will have the support of Shearer and all Green Party MPs. Prime Minister John Key has previously indicated he would vote for a bill for gay marriage to at least be considered by a select committee.
A number of MPs – including Key and English – voted against legislation in 2004 that allowed same sex couples to enter civil unions. Many of those MPs still in Parliament may also vote against Wall’s bill.
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