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

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Alan Gibson, New Zealand Herald/APRachel Briscoe, left, and Jess Ivess, second left, celebrate their marriage as does and Richard Andrew, second right, and Richard Rawstorn after their respective same-sex wedding ceremony held at Rotorua, New Zealand, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013.

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

Monday, August 19, 2013
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). [ Read more → ]

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

Thursday, July 18, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Maurice Williamson

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

Sunday, April 21, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]

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

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]

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

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]

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

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]

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

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]

Is 2012 shaping up as the year of marriage equality?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The Republican National Convention gets down to business today in Tampa, Fla., where delegates are expected to overwhelmingly pass the Republican Party platform that is unequivocally against marriage for gay and lesbian couples. Despite that, could 2012 turn out to be the year of marriage equality? [ Read more → ]

New Zealand anti-gay marriage website taken offline after repeated hacking attempts

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand -- An anti-marriage equality website scheduled to be launched in New Zealand on Tuesday by same-sex marriage opponents Family First, crashed in a matter of hours as a result of a "large-scale denial of service attack." [ Read more → ]

Prop 8 courtroom drama resumes with new arguments and a new judge

Tuesday, September 6, 2011
More courtroom drama over Prop 8, with new arguments and a new judge. Recent surveys have been so encouraging for our side that this week our opponents resorted to creating a fake survey to spread misinformation. And civil unions are poised to make way for full marriage equality in Scotland and New Zealand. [ Read more → ]

New Zealand church protest over anti-gay discrimination beckons vandals

Monday, July 4, 2011
A church in Auckland, New Zealand, has come under attack from vandals after it put up a "gay-dar" billboard on Friday depicting a spectrum from gay to straight, with a cross acting as a gauge. [ Read more → ]
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