I was at a Black Caps game at Westpac Stadium a while back. They very clearly state that abusive or foul language is not acceptable - and have signs up around the grounds repeating this message. And encouraging us to contact security if we felt unsafe, threatened or offended.
So when a guy near us started using sexist and homophobic slurs (at his own team, no less), we called him on it. Told him that if he continued to use that particular language, we would call security.
His friends, bless them, were mortified by his behaviour. But did nothing. He was quiet for a few minutes, then started up again. Very pointedly in our direction.
So we texted the security people, who came over, stood in the aisle for a minute and listened to the guy, then quietly escorted him out of the stadium.
The last I saw of him, he was peeing outside a shop on Thorndon Quay.
Eden Park management could really learn something from Westpac, in this situation. They had a clear policy, and it made the game more enjoyable and more family friendly. Which can only mean more bums on seats. (Which, in this time of declining ticket numbers, can only be a good thing.)
I feel quite fucking teary today. I've never thought that I'd want or be able to marry my partner - but now at least we can make that decision for ourselves.
My main reason for celebrating this is for the generations of Kiwis who will be born into a country where being gay isn't shown by legislation to mean 'less' or 'abnormal'. It might not make a difference right now for a kid who's being bullied or teased for being queer - but it will.
The picnic at Parliament has been called off due to Wellington's signature grey rainy day ... but I'm still expecting to see rainbows :)
Oooh, jealous - I wish this was in Wellington! I taught a class of 10-12-year-olds to make pin-hole cameras and develop the pictures years ago. It was great fun! Would love to re-learn it.
I flew from Christchurch to Wellington earlier this week, and picked up a wee present for my girl, from the gift shop just inside the terminal.
Security pulled me up, with the line 'Do you have a toy in your bag'. It took me a while - the present was a potato-pellet gun... whoops! Nice security guy looked at it and asked me to put it in my larger carry-on bag, so that it was less likely to be seen by other passengers. His main concern was that other passengers would see it and freak out - not that I was going to use it to try and commandeer the plane. The security system seemed to be about reassurance/minimising over-reaction, rather than prevention.
His next concern was why the shop in the airport was selling toy guns...
When asked why he was voting for it, he said "Because I am." Good to know he can still behave like a petulant child.
Quoting selectively from dubious sources? Sounds like standard behaviour for the anti-gay brigade.
Will be at the rally at parliament - after reading some of the bigots' thoughts in the papers and online, I could do with a good pro-me party.
what mechanism has been used to deny same sex couples a marriage licence
I think only heterosexual couples can apply to DIA for a marriage certificate. Three lesbian couples challenged this a few years ago, as the Marriage Act states only that marriage is between "two people". The courts found that this was legally assumed to mean a man and a woman, so their applications for marriage licences were declined.
"Sexbloggers don’t get to assume the moral high ground. Ever. What they do for a living is incredibly damaging to women”
That line really irritates me. It's the old argument of "Your views/opinions about [issue] can't possibly have any validity because you do [something I disapprove of, which may or may relate to the issue]". It's the kind of argument that is often used to dismiss a person's mere involvement in a debate, even if the debate is about them and their experiences.
(I am now going to read a sexblog, just to increase their page views. Take that, Milo Linkbaiter.)