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.
30th July 2012
New Zealand: Prime minister to support MP’s equal marriage bill 16
10:13 AM — New Zealand's prime minister, John Key, has said he will support a member's bill selected for a vote in the House of Representatives that would legalise marriages between two people of the same sex.
10th July 2012
Polynesia: Anglican Church to take view on gay weddings in 2014 5
10:23 AM — The General Synod of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia has indicated that a decision will not be made on the issue of marriage rights for gay couples until 2014.
11th May 2012
New Zealand prime minister ‘not opposed’ to marriage for gay couples 20
12:40 PM — New Zealand's prime minister has said he is 'not personally opposed' to allowing gay couples to marry, but added that it was not part of the government's legislative programme.
4th May 2012
New Zealand: ‘Gay times are over’ billboard provokes anger 22
12:12 PM — A billboard apparently directed at the first openly lesbian mayor in New Zealand with the slogan 'The gay times are over' has provoked anger from councillors.
28th March 2012
Union for Progressive Judaism supports gay couples marrying in Australia 18
10:19 AM — The Australian Union for Progressive Judaism has made a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Inquiry into the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill.
8th November 2010
Travel companies ‘need to do more to be gay-friendly’ 16
7:12 PM — Although plenty of travel companies now advertise themselves as being gay-friendly, a survey shows that many need to do more to justify the claim.
Gay arts festival GFEST begins today 1
6:35 PM — London's only LGBT arts festival begins today. GFEST will run for two weeks and features dozens of short films, exhibitions and performances by a range of artists.
29th October 2010
David Cameron supports gay arts event GFEST 18
12:02 PM — Prime minister David Cameron has released a message of support for GFEST, London's annual gay arts and culture festival. The two-week festival starts on November 8th and will be held at venues across London.