What makes New Zealand's vote last night even more ironic is that a few years ago, Pope Francis as Cardinal Bergoglio battled against the introduction of same-sex marriage in his home country, by being upfront as to who was at the root of it all.
"Let's not be naive, we're not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God," wrote Cardinal Bergoglio in a letter sent to the monasteries of Buenos Aires. "We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God."
New Zealand politicians seem to be very easily deceived when it comes to moral issues.
David Farrar pointed out something Chester Borrows said about this debate on marriage, that the bad behaviour of some Christians had influenced politicians to vote in favour of redefinition when they probably would have voted the other way.
As a Christian—a conservative Christian—I find it abhorrent the way that Christians have entered into this debate, and the threatening nature with which they have emailed colleagues. I know of colleagues who have set out thinking they will vote against this bill and who have changed their mind because of the way they have been treated by Christians, supposedly worshipping in their daily lives and witness a loving God. If they profess to worship that God, then it is a different God whom I worship and whom I believe in, because they have shown nothing of that love—that all-encompassing love—in the way that they have conducted themselves in this debate. It is unfortunate that in every debate where fundamentalist Christians get involved in lobbying one side or another, they always bring out the worst, and seek to have those people who do not hold to our faith shove us into a pigeon-hole that would brand us all in the same way. I think that is a despicable way for people of faith to behave.
This highlights another tactic of the Father of Lies - the stirring up of anger and hatred against opponents that then ends up working to his favour. Were NZ politicians more discerning, they would have realised the use of these tactics and not voted in a way that seems vindictive and petty, given their original positions on the bill.
Just one more vote to go, and it looks like it will be a mere formality unless there is some sort of miracle.
Related links: New Pope Francis called homosexual ‘marriage’ a ‘machination of the Father of Lies’ ~ LifeSiteNews
2nd Reading Marriage Bill (the Votes; Discussion) ~ John Stringer, CoNZervative
The Same Sex Marriage Second Reading ~ David Farrar, Kiwiblog
UPDATE: Brenden Malone, of the Leading Edge blog (listed in our sidebar) has written a fantastic post on how gay marriage has corrupted the democratic process in New Zealand. This whole thing is bigger than the ephemeral "equality" politicians think they have voted for.