22 January 2013
New Zealand: Conservative Party leader calls for referendum on equal marriage debate
The leader of New Zealand's Conservative Party has said that the "international debate" around equal marriage was reason enough to slow down the progress of the country's equal marriage bill, which is currently being considered by a select committee.
22 January 2013
New Zealand: Select committee hears of benefits to legalising equal marriage
The select committee considering the New Zealand equal marriage bill has heard from two charities which gave the benefits of legalising equal marriage for the physical and mental health of the population, in their submissions.
21 January 2013
New Zealand group distances itself from leader who linked equal marriage to crime
A New Zealand charity, the leader of which made a submission to parliament attempting to link equal marriage with rising crime rates has released a statement distancing itself from his comments.
20 January 2013
New Zealand lobbyist says equal marriage will bring increase in crime
The head of a victim lobby group made a submission to the New Zealand parliament, claiming that legalising equal marriage would bring with it an increase in all levels of crime.
17 January 2013
New Zealand pastor accused of trying to rig equal marriage poll
The head of an evangelical church in Auckland has been discovered attempting to rig a cabinet minister's poll on a pending equal marriage bill.
9 January 2013
New Zealand dismisses complaints against Pope equal marriage blessing advert
The Advertising Standards Authority in New Zealand has dismissed complaints about a new advert which depicts Pope Benedict XVI blessing a gay couple's wedding, saying it is unlikely to cause widespread offence.
7 January 2013
New Zealand TV presenter: I haven’t urged for a gay rugby player to come out
A gay sports presenter in New Zealand has denied calling for a gay All Blacks rugby player to openly declare his sexuality.
17 December 2012
New Zealand: Church billboard calls on Jesus to come out for Christmas
A controversial church billboard in New Zealand has been unveiled, which raises the question of whether or not Jesus might have been gay.
1 December 2012
Video: Sir Ian McKellen says ‘I want to get married in Middle Earth’ for same-sex marriage campaign
X-Men and Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellen has recorded a video for a New Zealand equal marriage campaign.
24 November 2012
New Zealand former MP: Labour Party is ‘controlled by homosexuals’
Disgraced former MP, Taito Phillip Field, has attacked leaders of New Zealand's Labour Party, saying it has become too liberal, specifically criticising its support of equal marriage for same-sex couples.
22 November 2012
New Zealand: Churches won’t be forced to perform same-sex weddings
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.
22 November 2012
New Zealand: Committee told that equal marriage is an ‘abomination’, and could lead to incest
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.
18 November 2012
New Zealand: Employment Authority to decide on ‘dirty homosexual’ slur
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.
14 November 2012
New Zealand politician criticised for comparing same-sex marriage to apartheid
A New Zealand politician says allowing gay couples to marry is like apartheid South Africa calling the Maori rugby team "honorary whites".
6 November 2012
Ian McKellen criticises New Zealand PM over ‘gay’ jumper jibe
Veteran actor Sir Ian McKellen has criticised New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, accusing him of using the word "gay" in a "careless" way.
5 November 2012
New Zealand PM defends ‘gay’ jumper remarks
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".
8 October 2012
New Zealand: Presbyterian Church to defy its governing body and perform same-sex marriages
A church in Wellington, New Zealand, has vowed to go against its governing body if equal marriage becomes legal, and perform same-sex weddings.
2 September 2012
New Zealand Prime Minister “Too Gay”, says Conservative leader
The Prime Minister of New Zealand has been mentioned in a pamphlet sent out by an opposing political party, saying that people are disgruntled about his vote in favour of the equal marriage bill.
31 August 2012
New Zealand: Churches vow not to officiate same-sex weddings
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.
31 August 2012
Same-sex adoption bill drawn from ballot in New Zealand
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.