Tag Archives: New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND: MP Maurice Williamson Delivers Great Speech During Debate

From the New Zealand Herald: “Pakuranga MP Maurice Williamson has parliamentarians roaring in their seats during the third marriage equality bill reading.”

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History In New Zealand: Marriage Passes

The singing! With the flowers is MP Louisa Walls, the bill’s main sponsor. Parliament has just passed a law legalising gay marriage, 77 votes to 44, amid loud shows of jubilation from the floor and the gallery. The declaration of the vote was followed by a waiata. MPs held a conscience vote on the private member’s bill sponsored by gay …

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TOMORROW: Victory In New Zealand

Tomorrow evening the New Zealand Parliament will finalize the legalization of same-sex marriage. New Zealand is expected to become the 13th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage this evening as a bill to amend marriage law comes before Parliament for its final hurdle. MPs will debate the biggest change to gay and transgender rights since homosexual law reform …

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NEW ZEALAND: Parliament To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage In Vote This Week

New Zealand’s Parliament is expected to make its final vote to legalize same-sex marriage this week. Labour MP Louisa Wall’s marriage equality member’s bill is due to have its third reading in Parliament on Wednesday night. The bill passed its committee stages with 77 votes to 43 last month and little change was anticipated for the final vote. Big crowds, …

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Marriage Equality Coming To New Zealand

Marriage equality is coming to New Zealand! Lawmakers supported the bill 77 to 44 in the second of three votes needed for a bill to be approved. The second vote is typically the most crucial one. The third and final vote is likely to be little more than a formality and could be taken as early as next month. “I’m …

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NEW ZEALAND: Youth Wings Of All Eight Major Parties Back Marriage

An encouraging development in New Zealand: In a joint press conference outside Parliament today the youth wings of National, Labour, ACT, Mana, Maori, Greens, United Future and NZ First signed a banner in support of the bill which is expected to have its second reading on Wednesday.   Campaign for Marriage Equality spokesman Conrad Reyners said the united front from the …

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Headline Of The Day

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Billboard Of The Day

Auckland, New Zealand’s St Matthew-in-the-City church has unveiled another billboard in its controversial series. St Matthew’s clergy Rev Glynn Cardy and Rev Clay Nelson said the billboard invites discussion and debate. “Some scholars have tried to make the case that he might have been gay,” said Nelson. “But it is all conjecture. Maybe gay, maybe not. Does it matter?” Cardy …

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Billboard Of The Day

It’s an electric company in New Zealand. (Tipped by JMG reader Daniel)

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Ian McKellan For New Zealand Marriage

McKellan: “Marry me in Middle Earth.”

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Nude Rugby In New Zealand

Outsports has more photos.

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Billboard Of The Day

Posted in Auckland by St. Matthew-In-The-City, a local gay-friendly church. Vicar Glynn Cardy said the church performs about 80 to 90 weddings per year. “What is important is their willingness to commit themselves to each other, not their gender. It is the joy and risk of giving oneself to another in a bond of mutuality, fidelity, and love that is …

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Marriage Advances In New Zealand

New Zealand’s marriage equality bill passed overwhelmingly today in its first of three readings. The 80 to 40 vote in front of a packed and cheering public gallery was the first of three votes Parliament must take before the bill can become law, a process that typically takes several months and allows the public to weigh in. Only a simple …

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NEW ZEALAND: American DOMA Refugee Named Head Of National Gay Magazine

Two years ago I told you about my longtime dear friend Leif Wauters (above left), who was forced to move from San Francisco to New Zealand in order to stay with his Kiwi husband, who had to leave the United States due to DOMA. In a brighter turn of events, Leif has just been named the editor of New Zealand’s …

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New Zealand PM Backs Equal Marriage

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has endorsed marriage equality and says that he will vote for the bill about to be presented in the national parliament. Mr. Key told RadioLive NZ he would use a conscience vote to vote in favour of Labour MP Louisa Wall’s marriage equality bill, pulled from parliament’s ballot last week. “My view has been …

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New Zealand To See Marriage Bill

New Zealand’s parliament will soon consider a marriage equality bill and its prospects look promising. The bill, led by Labour MP Louisa Wall, is likely to be subject to a conscience vote but will have the support of Shearer and all Green Party MPs. Prime Minister John Key has previously indicated he would vote for a bill for gay marriage …

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New Zealand Says WTF To Homophobia

Naughty language delivered in a charming accent.

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NEW ZEALAND: Church Loses Case For Falsely Claiming Jesus Cures Cancer

A New Zealand advertising standards board has ruled that a local church had falsed claimed that faith in Jesus can cure cancer. The church said they believed the Bible as the authoritative and reliable source of information and it gave numerous accounts of Jesus healing people. “Our belief is substantiated by the fact six people within our congregation have testified …

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NEW ZEALAND: Vandal Destroys “Mary Gets The News” Church Billboard

A Catholic group is claiming credit for the destruction of the above billboard, which was posted last week by a New Zealand Anglican church. The billboard, in central Auckland, was slashed by scissor-wielding Catholic Action Group member Arthur Skinner yesterday, who led today’s service outside the St Matthew-in-the-City Anglican church, which was responsible for the image. He said he would …

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Seal Uses Cat Door, Sacks Out On Couch

The most unlikely headline I’ve written this year? Probably, but who could resist that punim? New Zealand JMG reader Brenton sends us the cute story.

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