About 600 people attended the Vigil, praying for New Zealand’s politicians that they may have the wisdom and the courage to speak up for marriage as being between one man and one woman. There was a great cross-section of society present including youth, elderly, baby boomers and young families with their children.
People present at the Vigil were not all against the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill, which politicians were debating through the Committee stage while the Vigil took place. Approximately 200 mainly younger adults congregated to the side of the Vigil goers, carrying thier rainbow flags, chanting and singing pop songs.
Not everyone who wished to attend could make it down to Wellington for the Vigil. Many chose to hold prayer vigils in their own homes at the same time, joining their prayers to those at Parliament.
The Bill has now passed through Committee stage, without any amendments. Organisers are hopeful that the majority of politicians will vote against the Marriage Amendment Bill when it comes up for its third and final reading within the next eight weeks.