22nd November 2012
New Zealand: Churches won’t be forced to perform same-sex weddings 7
9:46 PM — The New Zealand Human Rights Commission has confirmed that, if equal marriage becomes legal, carrying out same-sex wedding ceremonies won't be mandatory for churches.
New Zealand: Committee told that equal marriage is an ‘abomination’, and could lead to incest 25
12:44 AM — The select committee reviewing the equal marriage bill in New Zealand, has heard submissions from two pastors, one who called equal marriage a sin, and an "abomination," and another who said that incest is "the way it could go" if equal marriage became legal.
18th November 2012
New Zealand: Employment Authority to decide on ‘dirty homosexual’ slur 6
7:41 AM — A New Zealand caregiver who quit his job after being called a "dirty homosexual" by a colleague, has accused his former employer of failing to adequately support and protect him.
14th November 2012
New Zealand politician criticised for comparing same-sex marriage to apartheid 21
3:43 PM — A New Zealand politician says allowing gay couples to marry is like apartheid South Africa calling the Maori rugby team "honorary whites".
6th November 2012
Channel 4 backpedals after censoring ‘gay’ from Simpsons’ episode 10
6:58 PM — Channel 4 says it was wrong to edit out the word "gay" from an episode of The Simpsons, which was shown by the UK broadcaster last weekend.
Ian McKellen criticises New Zealand PM over ‘gay’ jumper jibe 6
1:29 PM — Veteran actor Sir Ian McKellen has criticised New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, accusing him of using the word "gay" in a "careless" way.
5th November 2012
New Zealand PM defends ‘gay’ jumper remarks 19
7:11 PM — New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has been criticised for mocking a radio host's red jacket, suggesting he's a weak golfer because the jacket's colour is "gay".
8th October 2012
New Zealand: Presbyterian Church to defy its governing body and perform same-sex marriages 12
9:17 PM — A church in Wellington, New Zealand, has vowed to go against its governing body if equal marriage becomes legal, and perform same-sex weddings.
31st August 2012
New Zealand: Churches vow not to officiate same-sex weddings 59
8:48 PM — A majority of New Zealand churches have said that they will not officiate same-sex marriages, following news that an equal marriage bill has jumped the first hurdle towards becoming law.
Same-sex adoption bill drawn from ballot in New Zealand 3
10:11 AM — New Zealand's 50-year-old adoption laws are to be debated by parliament in order to potentially bring about changes that would allow same-sex couples to adopt.
30th August 2012
Maori organisation in New Zealand support marriage equality bill 3
3:53 PM — New Zealand's Maori child advocacy organisation Ririki has said they are in favour of MP Louisa Wall’s marriage equality bill.
Catholic college teacher in New Zealand suspended over marriage equality views 9
11:03 AM — A teacher at a Catholic college in Whangarei, New Zealand, has been suspended and students allegedly threatened in a row with the college's principal over marriage equality.
29th August 2012
Update: New Zealand parliament supports equal marriage 80 votes to 40 39
7:10 PM — The New Zealand Marriage Amendment Bill, which would legalise equal marriage, has passed its first reading with a majority in parliament in support of the change.
New Zealand MP appeals to opponents and fence-sitters over marriage equality bill 15
10:32 AM — New Zealand's equal marriage bill is to be heard for the first time today in parliament, and various lobby groups and a number of MPs will also be declaring their opposition to it.
New Zealand: a thousand march on Parliament in support of equal marriage 5
2:50 AM — Around a thousand supporters of equal marriage marched through Wellington to push forward on support for a bill which will have its first reading today, and would legalize same-sex marriage.
26th August 2012
Doctors: Use of gay apps like Grindr linked to syphilis outbreak 78
1:39 AM — An increase in the number of gay men using gay social apps, such as Grindr, is to blame for a syphilis epidemic, according to a New Zealand doctor.
21st August 2012
New Zealand’s Minister of Justice comes out in support of marriage equality and other LGBT rights 20
11:02 AM — The New Zealand Minister of Justice, who previously voted against the country's civil union legislation, has now come out in favour of marriage equality, same-sex couples adopting and legal recognition of gender identity for trans people.
16th August 2012
Public debate about marriage equality to be held among Pacific communities in New Zealand 17
11:32 AM — Pacific leaders in Auckland, New Zealand say it is necessary for their communities to hold a public debate on the country's marriage equality bill to quell fears that it will cause conflict with Pacific churches and undermine "traditional values".
3rd August 2012
US band Train speak out about anti-gay website’s use of song 12
5:12 PM — San Francisco band, Train, are “upset” that their song “Marry Me” was used on a New Zealand website set up in opposition gay marriage.
1st August 2012
New Zealand: Equal marriage bill ‘likely to pass first reading’ 19
1:30 PM — A member's bill selected for a vote in the New Zealand parliament reportedly has enough support from MPs to pass its first reading.