Marriage equality: a personal story


I’m taking a moment to acknowledge the passing of the Marriage Amendment Bill….. te pai kē!

Kia ora Koutou

I’m taking a moment to acknowledge the passing of the Marriage Amendment Bill….. te pai kē!

For me it’s not so much about wanting to marry my partner of 31 years. Even if I was in a straight relationship I wouldn’t want to ‘marry’. Everything about our lives together symbolizes what people strive for in a marriage.. and we’ve had the good the bad the ugly and stood the test of time, we are married, bar the ceremony. For those who want to celebrate with their darlings in wed, enjoy! Life is good.

What sent a flutter to my heart was the fact that I can now be ‘legally’ recognised as a parent. My partner and I have raised her son and a nephew as our own. They are both now wonderful young men with children of their own.. which makes us Grannies. We have 3 beautiful darling moko. Our relationship hasn’t been an issue in our whanau so did not become an issue for our boys and so it will continue through their children and their children’s’ children.

Something as simple as attitude is all it takes to make a difference to generations.

Kia pai tenei ra mou!’

Glenda Harris, 
Out@PSA network member