â€śRugby is a game played by most boys in New Zealand in their childhood, though some donâ€™t want to play it at all. A significant section of the community have always preferred to play a different sport, like soccer,â€ť the groupâ€™s spokesman Bob McCoskrie writes in a blog post.
â€śBut Rugby gets all the status in New Zealand, commanding all the respect. So much so that those who play soccer are often made to feel like second-class citizens. They lack the mana of those who play the nationâ€™s revered game.
â€śReliable studies show that this has statistically led to a higher degree of depression among soccer playing boys, and already our rate of male youth suicide is far too high,â€ť he says in the satire piece.
The post then goes on say to end discrimination rugby will be redefined to include any sport involving two teams with a ball.
Followers of the Facebook page Protect Marriage Equality New Zealand, set up to counter Family Firstâ€™s Marriage Equality New Zealand, have expressed disgust at the post, particularly the apparent mockery of youth suicide.
â€śBad taste, making light of youth suicide in NZ?â€ť says Rebekah Galbraith. â€śParticularly LGBT youth suicide? This is extremely poor form, and completely misses the point of Louisa's bill and equality.â€ť
Vinnie MacBride-Stewart says itâ€™s: â€śTacky, mocking, insensitive.â€ť
Rob Sykes says â€śWow. I don't care about the mockery of the marriage issue, but to mock the high suicide rate amongst LGBT youth? Horrific!!!â€ť
DC Sheehan says â€śThe suicide comparison is sick. A complete own goal, which you can do in soccer but not rugby, which makes it all the more ironic.â€ť
Ivan James Miller says â€śI find it ridiculous, insulting, offensive and immature. To make light of suicide - suicide isnâ€™t funny. I have lost people to suicide. And our youth suicide rate is so high already, to think gay youth are five times more likely, it broke my heart."