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Gay rights groups outraged over straight men who married to win rugby tickets

Friday, September 12, 2014
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Gay rights groups in New Zealand are fuming over the legal, same-sex marriage between two heterosexual men in a radio station stunt in exchange for tickets to the Rugby World Cup to be held in the United Kingdom in 2015. Self-described best mates since childhood, Matt McCormick, 24, married engineering student Travis McIntos, 23, in a rugby stadium on Friday.

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New Zealand to shorten ban on gay and bisexual blood donors

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
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WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- The New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) is set to reduce the waiting period for HIV negative gay and bisexual men to donate blood.

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

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
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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.

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Marriage equality comes to New Zealand – on the ground, and in the air

Monday, August 19, 2013
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QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand — When Lynley Bendall and Ally Wanikau walked down the aisle to exchange vows Monday, the fasten-seatbelt signs were off. The couple celebrated the legalization of gay marriage in New Zealand by getting hitched in a plane at 39,000 feet (11,900 meters).

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Air New Zealand to host country’s first gay wedding — at 30,000 ft.

Thursday, July 18, 2013
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AUCKLAND, New Zealand – Air New Zealand says it will be hosting the country’s first gay wedding ceremony -- mid air -- on board a plane when same-sex marriage becomes legal next month.

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New Zealand ‘poster boy for gay rights’ cleared for appearance on ‘Ellen’ show

Sunday, April 21, 2013
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WELLINGTON, N.Z. -- New Zealand's Prime Minister has granted permission to Parliament member Maurice Williamson to appear on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" after Williamson became the unexpected face of gay rights for his "big gay rainbow" speech last week in favor of marriage equality.

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New Zealand becomes 13th country to legalize same-sex marriage

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
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New Zealand will become the 13th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage as a bill to amend the current marriage law was approved moments ago by the country’s Parliament in its third and final reading on Wednesday.

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NZ Parliament plans third and final vote tonight to legalize same-sex marriage

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
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New Zealand is expected to become the 13th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage as a bill to amend the current marriage law comes before the country's Parliament for its third and final reading later tonight.

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New Zealand lawmakers approve gay marriage bill on second of three votes

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
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WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- New Zealand lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill allowing same-sex marriage Wednesday, all but assuring that it will soon become law.

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New Zealand approves first of three votes to legalize same-sex marriage

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
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WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- The New Zealand Parliament on Wednesday voted 80-40 in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage, the first of three votes which lawmakers must hold before the bill can become law.

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