New Zealand legalises gay marriage

On April 17th, 2013, New Zealand parliament cheered in song with the passing of a law which allows homosexuals to marry their partners. This is a fabulous outcome and a celebration of love and the tradition of proclaiming our love for one person through marriage.

If two people wish to engage in a mutually consensual act together, and it causes no harm to anyone else, then it is not a question of morality and it cannot be considered immoral.

In his essay On Liberty, the British philosopher John Stuart Mill wrote,

“…the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant….Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.”

E.E. Cummings once said,

“Unless you love someone, nothing else makes any sense.”