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Williamson jovial in marriage equality speech

Wednesday 17 Apr 2013 8:44 p.m.

National MP and minister-outside-Cabinet Maurice Williamson left his Parliamentary colleagues in fits of laughter at the final reading of the bill legalising same-sex marriage.

He supports the bill and says it about "two people who love each other having that love recognised by way of marriage".

Mr Williamson cracked jokes about hate mail he had received and vocal critics from his electorate who had told him to vote the bill down.

"I've had a reverend in my local electorate say the 'gay onslaught will start the day this law is passed'. Well, we are struggling to know what the gay onslaught is.

"We don't know if it will come down the Pakaranga highway as a series of troops or whether it will be a gas that flows over the electorate that blocks us all in," he says.

He also told Parliament of a Catholic priest who said the bill was unnatural.

"I found that interesting coming from someone who has taken an oath of celibacy for his whole life," he says.

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