The select committee to the Civil Union Bill received 6170 submissions, with 5892 (95.5 percent) opposing the bill. However only 360 wanted the opportunity to give an oral submission. To date about 200 oral submissions have been considered by the committee, with about 75 percent of these in opposition to the bills. Opposition came mainly from individuals and church groups, and support from human rights groups. Of course some churches also supported the bills.
So how do I know all this? Well, I didn't read it in the newspaper. Why? Nobody seems to have reported it. This is the closest. During the past few weeks most reporting on the Civil Union bill was on the people who supported it. That may change on Monday when the Maxim Institute do their submission. The Institute is one of the most vocal opponents of these bills. You try and find a good story on a group of people or topic around those - Destiny marches and Garth George opinion pieces aside - who oppose the bill. It just ain't there. Could that be because most media outlets support one or both of the civil union bills?
Are there only 218 people/groups who support the bills and are prepared to voice their opinion? Make that 212 as Margaret Mayman and John Joliffe and Des Smith made about three submissions each for various groups. Where are those that support these bills?
I suppose Helen Clark will write off the submissions as not reflective of public opinion like she did with a certain other bill.