Christopher Finlayson is the Attorney-General, as well as the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations and Arts, Culture, and Heritage. He’s also gay. Being gay and in Parliament is nothing new — both Labour and the Greens have queer faces in Parliament, and it shouldn’t really matter if an MP is gay or not…
However, Christopher is actively voting against legislation which will give marriage equality to same-sex couples. While Christopher is a devout Catholic and claims to be abstinent, we think it’s wrong that he is essentially voting against giving a basic right to other gay men. Unlike some MPs, he’s not elected by any constituency, so he can’t claim that he needs to see what his electorate think — he’s a list MP, a high-ranking list MP, so he’s not as answerable as others are.
How can our Attorney-General — supposedly top dude when it comes to law — not see that the current law discriminates against citizens based purely on their sexuality, itself illegal according to our Human Rights Act?
He’s not the only one voting against Louisa Wall’s legislation, but he is the only out MP who is voting against it. Why don’t you drop him a line and tell him that you think he should be supporting his queer bretheren and voting in support of it.
- Labour “gaggle of gays”
- National drags it up
- Welcome back Louisa!
- UN: Respect gay rights
- “Gaggle” not very accurate