Marriage celebrants in Dunedin are not expecting any sudden
influx of gay marriage requests now that same-sex marriage is
legal in New Zealand.
Otago is already becoming a favoured destination for same-sex
weddings, and tourism professionals expect Queenstown in
particular to attract engaged gay and lesbian couples from
When the moment came, Parliament erupted.
The issue of same-sex marriage has aroused strong feelings.
For the gay community and supporters it is about equality and
rights, and it represents both actual and symbolic acceptance
before the law.
All eight political parties' youth wings have made a joint
statement in support of same-sex marriage at Parliament this
Gay and transgender couples could be able to marry - and
adopt children - as soon as August, after a Parliamentary
committee approved a change to marriage laws.
Redefining marriage is unnecessary, writes former MP
Pensioners are holding out in a dwindling minority opposing
gay marriage - as 2013 looks possibly to be the year for it
to become reality.
The sponsor of a bill to legalise same-sex weddings says
marriage is an evolving institution, and many opponents of a
law change were in denial about the fact that homosexuals had
held equal rights in New Zealand for 27 years.
Prime Minister John Key said there was more support for the
first gay marriage vote than he had expected.
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