UPDATE: For an interview with The Eradicator on the Bill, see GayNZ.com, "More Mapp: But gays CAN marry! (...the opposite gender)".
GayNZ.com: So that moral perspective wouldn’t have informed the drafting of this bill, and the push to have this bill put through?
Copeland: [pause] Well, I mean, none of this can, ah, separate, our morality from our actions as MPs. My own personal situation is that, um... is that, ah, marriage is the only sexual activity which is sanctioned by God, which has God’s seal of approval. All other forms of sexual activity, therefore, fall short of that very very high standard, whether they be homosexual or heterosexual. They all fall short of that. So I have a moral distinction between the two, and for me of course, that simply reinforces the fact that all of humanity to a greater or lesser extent is sinful. So, homosexual, heterosexual, we’re all in that category, including myself (laughs). Especially me. So its not a question of, of, being judgmental, we’re just simply saying, look, here this is what marriage has always meant, and we want to continue for it to mean that.
GayNZ.com: So that perspective you’ve just outlined, that’s the perspective that’s behind this bill?
Copeland: The, um, no I’ve said what I’ve said. I’ve said what I’ve said. You’re now trying to put words in my mouth. I couldn’t have been any clearer with you, could I?
11 November 2005
Marriage (Gender Clarification) Bill: its sponsor speaks (preaches?)
For a fascinating and typically incisive (thanks to CB's probing questions, not GC's responses!) interview, see GayNZ.com's interview with MP Gordon Copeland: “God’s seal of approval”. A little taster to wet your appetite: