Andrew Sullivan does not even live here in New Zealand, he's not a New Zealand citizen, he is not likely to live in New Zealand and yet his submission is giving weight to the pro-same-sex marriage argument. It would be nice to be able to differentiate those submissions that were actually by New Zealanders that live here, as opposed to those that are by activists who want to change laws around the world.
A personal friend of mine, who shall not be named, also submitted a personal submission to the select committee. She wrote it herself and like Terry Wallbank's submission, does not exist on the Government database, so presumably can be considered a form submission or a non-unique submission, which it certainly was not.
I am amazed.
Terry Wallbank has been going through the submissions to show how asinine some of them, those that were considered unique, were. Go have a look, especially at the first example he gives of a heart cut out of a piece of paper and folded in two with the words, "Marriage Equality is not a moral issue, it's a HUMAN RIGHT!"
UPDATE: Ok, that last one was actually by Mark Johnston and 32 others, with the "others" not explicitly named. So, there were 33 in total of this type: Heart Letter. And there were 4050 of another type, listed under Cox Family and 4049 others: Cox Family Form Letter.
Related link: A sample of pro-gay-marriage submissions to the select committee—some doozies ~ Terry Wallbank, The Conservative