It’s been just less than one month since New Zealand passed a marriage equality bill, granting equal legal status to all couples who want to marry regardless of sexual orientation or gender. The passing of this marriage equality bill resulted in a pretty incredible moment in the New Zealand parliament, who broke out into song in celebration. It also made us take notice of one of the cooler custom espresso machine jobs we’ve ever seen: the rainbow flag wrapped Slayer at New Zealand’s Flight Coffee.
Flight Coffee also just so happens to be the home of 2013 NZBC winner Nick Clark, who will be representing his home nation at the 2013 World Barista Championship next week in Melbourne. Mr. Clark is competing using a Kenya Special Prep French Mission Natural coffee sourced by Cafe Imports, whose own Noah Namowicz (@scratchpaper on Instagram) visited Flight a few days ago. He snapped this picture of the stunning rainbow Slayer:
We’ll leave you last with this inspiring speech from New Zealand MP Maurice Williamson, whose good humor and no-nonsense approach to the issue is worth your consideration and humor as well, regardless of where you might fall on the political spectrum. Thanks for respecting our ongoing coverage of #YesEqual on Sprudge.com..
Let me repeat to them now: All we are doing with this bill is allowing two people who love each other to have that love recognized by way of marriage.
That is all we are doing. We are not declaring nuclear war on a foreign state. We are not bringing a virus in that could wipe out our agricultural sector forever. We are allowing two people who love each other to have that recognized, and I can’t see what’s wrong with that for love nor money.
I give a promise to those people who are opposed to this bill right now. I give you a watertight guaranteed promise; the sun will still rise tomorrow, your teenage daughter will still argue back with you as if she knows everything, your mortgage will not grow, you will not have skin diseases or rashes or toads in your bed. The world will just carry on.