Actor Ian McKellen, shown in a scene from "The Hobbit: An
Unexpected Journey", says New Zealand is his spiritual
home. REUTERS/James Fisher
Hobbit star Sir Ian McKellen has spoken out of his hope
to have the chance to return to "Middle Earth" and get married.
The gay-rights advocate last night addressed a marriage
equality conference in Wellington via a video shot in London,
In the brief clip he said that ever since New Zealand women
were given the vote before any other country in the world,
New Zealand was looked at for social advance.
"And here we are again."
Parliament is currently considering a bill which will allow
The bill, sponsored by Labour MP Louisa Wall, passed its
first vote and is currently before select committee.
Sir Ian said his support was with New Zealand and the change.
"I hope that by the time I get back to Middle Earth I might
even be able to get married."
Sir Ian was absent at this week's Hobbit premiere in
Wellington, but again addressed the crowds via a video.
In it he called New Zealand his "spiritual home".