First couples celebrate same-sex marriage in New Zealand
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
New Zealand yesterday legalised same-sex marriage, with a surge in marriage applications, according to New Zealand’s . New Zealand is now the first country in the region to legalise same-sex marriage, and the fourteenth country to do so worldwide.
After passing a bill in April of this year, the New Zealand parliament amended the country’s previous marriage act that had stood since 1955. The bill was approved with a majority vote of 77 to 44 in favour of amending the marriage act to allow same-sex marriage.
Under the new Australian same-sex couples indicated in a survey that they intend to travel to New Zealand to marry., marriage in New Zealand is now defined as "the union of two people, regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity". According to the campaign group, 1,000
The amendment to New Zealand’s marriage act has received some opposition from both the Catholic Church and the Anglican Church. Anglican Church leaders have insisted that ministers refuse to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies until their annual takes place next year. The Reverend Matt Tittle, who conducted on of the first same-sex ceremonies, said however "All love is holy."
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