Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


'Big gay rainbow' speech goes viral

19 April 2013, 16:08

Wellington - A New Zealand politician whose humorous speech to parliament backing gay marriage has become an internet hit said on Friday he was staggered at the response to his words.

Maurice Williamson, a minister in the conservative National Party government, joked ahead of Wednesday's vote that he had seen "the most enormous big gay rainbow" over his electorate and taken it as a sign to back the change.

He also mocked fears about the impact of the reform, which passed by 77 votes to 44, and revealed critics had written him letters warning he would burn in hell if he did not change his mind.

"The sun will still rise tomorrow... you will not have skin diseases, or rashes, or toads in your bed," he told parliament just before New Zealand became the 13th nation globally to allow same-sex marriage.

"The world will just carry on. So don't make this into a big deal."

The speech was described as "epic" by the Huffington Post, with Irish pop star Ronan Keating tweeting "everyone should take a listen... simply brilliant".

Another video featuring the public gallery erupting into a Maori love song after the vote was declared has attracted almost 650 000 hits.

The portly, grey-haired Williamson, who is married with three children and describes himself as a "strong right winger" on economic issues, was labelled an unlikely gay icon by 3News.

He told the broadcaster that US chat shows were trying to line him up and he had received messages of thanks and support from all over the world, comparing himself to a kiwi version of Korean pop sensation Psy.

"It's just bizarre," he said. "This is just a speech I went down to the house to deliver. I feel like Gangham Style now, what am I going to do for an encore?"



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...