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Williamson's 'big, gay rainbow' speech makes world headlines

Published: 11:20AM Thursday April 18, 2013 Source: ONE News

As the gay community celebrates the success of last night's vote, National MP Maurice Williamson's jovial marriage equality speech is making headlines around the world.

Williamson is in support of marriage equality and said during his speech that the bill is about "two people who love each other having that love recognised by way of marriage".

The Huffington Post labelled his speech "jovial, though nonetheless poignant".

Williamson left his colleagues in stitches with his speech.

He joked about the vocal opponents 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'," he said.

"Well, we are struggling to know what the gay onslaught will look like.

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

The Pakuranga MP concluded by noting that, contrary to claims that the marriage equality bill was responsible for New Zealand's drought, it was actually "pouring with rain" in his electorate.

And after the rain stopped, "we had the most enormous big gay rainbow across my electorate", Williamson said.

"It has to be a sign."

Gawker.com  put the speech on a pedestal calling it "incredible" and a "must watch".

Williamson, who is married and has three adopted children, also made some more serious points calling the bullying tactics of some opponents "evil".

Watch the full speech here .

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