The New Zealand AIDS Foundation, was registered as a charity with the Charities Commission on 28 March 2008 (Reg. No. CC22230). It is heavily involved in “political advocacy” and is widely recognised as a gay lobby group well funded by the public purse.
The website GayNZ.com has just given an insight into its lobbying strategies drawing on the expertise of lobby/strategist, former Labour candidate Tony Milne:
“Milne has organised a lobby training session on Sunday 12 August 1PM at the Christchurch New Zealand AIDS Foundation office called “Help make marriage equality happen” to help teach people how to lobby MPs and other things they can do to support marriage equality.” [i.e. promote Green MP Louisa Wall’s “same-sex marriage” bill]
The website www.protectmarriage.org.nz has published the following quote from Tony Milne:
Tony Milne helped co-ordinate the campaign for Civil Unions when working for Tim Barnett MP.
I’m one of those who prefers Civil Unions over marriage. It is modern and inclusive from its very beginning. Compared to most countries, where Civil Unions have been designed as a separate institution for same-sex couples, New Zealand chartered a different course. We created a relationship recognition that was open to both opposite-sex and same-sex couples, changed the prescribed “I take you” language to be more flexible and less possessive – and removed virtually all discrimination in New Zealand law between de facto and married/civil unionised couples!… To describe Civil Unions as a second-class institution is hurtful for some of us who are in a Civil Union. It’s just not necessary either.
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