New Zealand

Airline hosts country’s first same-sex marriage in New Zealand skies


Staff Reports

Lynley Bendall and Ally Wanikau, who have been together almost 14 years, celebrated the legalization of same-sex marriage in New Zealand on Monday by getting hitched at 39,000 feet.

The couple wed onboard a special Air New Zealand flight from Queenstown to Auckland in front of family and friends and actor and marriage equality campaigner Jesse Tyler Ferguson from “Modern Family” and his husband Justin Mikita.

The pair exchanged pounamu (New Zealand greenstone) in place of traditional wedding bands.

Air New Zealand has the video:

Bendall and Wanikau were winners of a marriage promotion by Air New Zealand, the country’s national carrier.

Their winning video featured their three young foster children holding handwritten signs saying why their parents should get married on a plane, including one that read “Wow!! Imagine that for news at school!!!”

Additional photos from in-flight are here.

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