Rodney Hide on civil unions
There have been 20,000 marriages since Civil Unions became an option and 468 civil unions.
The way I figure it that’s 20,000 couples pleased to be able to get married. And 468 couples pleased to be able to have a civil union. I don’t see how anyone getting married could be upset by others opting for a civil union. Those who had a civil union previously didn’t have that option so there must be a net gain in happiness.
There’s now more choice, that must be a good thing.
Several critics have pointed to the low numbers of civil unions as if this was some reason for not legalising them.
Basically the state should be involved in registering and if necessary enforcing contracts, not in specifying their terms.
While civil unions were pushed by the gay and hard left, the fact remains they are a step forward for liberty.
As Rodney points out, people who want to get married still can. Those who wish to enter into another form of relationship now have that option.
To support civil unions, implies no value judgement on homosexuality or any other form of sexual expression. It requires only a belief that the right of individuals to freely enter into contracts should not be limited by the state or any other non participating individual or group.