A political debate is heating up in parliament as one MP pushes to have gay marriage legalised.
A bill is currently in parliament which aims to have gay marriage legalised.
Tauranga Lawyer Chris Forbes, of Bush and Forbes, says although marriage is a religious philosophy, it is also a legal contract.
“It’s about being in an equal partnership. It is about being treated as an equal under the law. It’s about perception and not being treated differently. It is not just a religious issue as you don’t have to get married in a church.
“You can go to a registry office or see a marriage celebrant for a civil service. It is a basic law. Is it okay for one couple to marry and not another? When people get married they are making a long term commitment to love, respect and support each other. It is the same contract regardless of whether you’re gay or straight.
SunLive asked the community what their thoughts were on gay marriage.