Gay Marriage would spark Crime Spree in N.Z. ?

McVicar stands by claim over gay bill

By Rebecca Quilliam 5:30 AM Monday Jan 21, 201

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McVicar said his submission was personal and not on behalf of the trust. Photo / Steven McNicholl
McVicar said his submission was personal and not on behalf of the trust. Photo / Steven McNicholl

Sensible Sentencing Trust spokesman Garth McVicar is standing by his claim that legalising gay marriage could increase crime, despite a backlash on social media.

Since Mr McVicar’s submission to Louise Wall’s Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill was made public yesterday, a wave of protest tweets were posted on Twitter, many using the hashtag #gaycrimewave.

Broadcaster Alison Mau, who is engaged to her female partner, wrote: “I’m oddly grateful for his help in getting the bill passed.”

Gay Labour MP Grant Robertson posted: “welcome, all crimes, grammatical or otherwise, are a result of my deviance.”

Yesterday, Mr McVicar said his submission was personal and not on behalf of the trust and he stood by his claims.

“If you look at the court stats, most of the crime that has been committed has been committed by fatherless kids.”

He said if the bill were passed, same-sex couples might be able to adopt children.

“That’s where it’s heading – this is just another step in that politically correct journey that we’ve been on as a country.”

It wouldn’t matter that some children, if adopted by a gay couple, had two fathers, because they would still need a mother, he said.

Green Party MP Kevin Hague, who sits on the select committee considering the bill, said that of the 20,000 submissions on the proposals, Mr McVicar’s was the only one to link gay marriage with crime.

He said it mirrored a number of other submissions connecting gay rights with an erosion of traditional values, which was associated “in a vague way to various ills in society”.

“They are statements of probably genuinely held belief, but entirely absent of actual argument or evidence.”

Campaign for Marriage Equality chairman Rawa Karetai said Mr McVicar’s submission was far-fetched and he would be interested to see some peer-reviewed studies on the subject.

Mr McVicar made the submission last month.

It said: “I see the marriage amendment bill as being a further erosion of what I consider to be esential [sic] basic values and morals that have stood the test of time for centuries.”

– APNZ

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It’s perhaps as well that Garth McVicar’s is the only submission to the presenters of the “Definition of Marriage’ Amendment Bill that makes this claim ‘ that Gay Marriage would increase the Crime Statistics in New Zealand; because it is so far out that one might question the seriousness of the subject matter. Mr. Mc Vicar says:

“If you look at the court stats, most of the crime that has been committed has been committed by fatherless kids.”

 By the standards of McVicar’s submission, one might offer a similarly ridiculous solution to his problem of ‘fatherless kids” – Just let them have TWO FATHERS. This might prove a better solution than no father at all.

McVicar also said:

“if the bill were passed, same-sex couples might be able to adopt children”

In answer to that conundrum: Would it not be preferable for a Married Gay couple to offer a stable home to a child whose heterosexual parent(s) cannot provide this sort of stability? There was an excellent article in today’s ‘Christchurch Press’ on this issue.

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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4 Responses to Gay Marriage would spark Crime Spree in N.Z. ?

  1. Well done – keep him on the ‘naughty step’ until he stops regressing and grows up!

    Try this for Good News http://t.co/wwUwuDsZ @Guardian

  2. Brian Ralph says:

    I can only hope and pray that these are the last gasps of a losing opposition. I wish that 50 years ago when I was a confused teenager, I could have read these words of a US President (or other leading statesman) “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well,”

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