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Australian opera singer called “fa**ot” on live TV

Monday, August 17, 2015
Kanen Breen
"Clearly one individual among the fans felt I was a little too fabulous ." ...

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Pitcairn Island, population 48, legalizes same-sex marriage

Monday, June 22, 2015
Adamstown on Pitcairn Island.
Pitcairn Island, a tiny speck in the Pacific that's home to just 48 people, has passed a law allowing same-sex marriage - but has no gay couples wanting to wed. ...

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New Zealand pastor tells Christian author he prays for him to commit suicide

Monday, December 8, 2014
Pastor Logan Robertson (left) says he prays that gay Christian author Jim Marjoram (right) will commit suicide.
A New Zealand pastor has sent a hate-filled email to a prominent gay Christian author in which he calls the author a “filthy child molesting fag" and that he prays for him to commit suicide. ...

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New Zealand Olympic rower Robbie Manson comes out as gay

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Robbie Manson
Robbie Manson, Olympic rower for New Zealand, has come out publicly as gay, and talks about his struggles in the closet and coming out to friends before the 2012 Olympics. ...

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

Friday, September 12, 2014
Matt McCormick, left and Travis McIntosh
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. ...

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New Zealand to shorten ban on gay and bisexual blood donors

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
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
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
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.
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 ...

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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. ...

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

Sunday, April 21, 2013
Maurice Williamson
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 ...

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