22nd January 2013
New Zealand: Conservative Party leader calls for referendum on equal marriage debate 12
5:12 PM — 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.
New Zealand: Select committee hears of benefits to legalising equal marriage 3
2:06 AM — 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.
21st January 2013
New Zealand group distances itself from leader who linked equal marriage to crime 3
3:23 PM — 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.
20th January 2013
New Zealand lobbyist says equal marriage will bring increase in crime 32
1:25 PM — 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.
17th January 2013
New Zealand pastor accused of trying to rig equal marriage poll 18
12:53 PM — 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.
9th January 2013
New Zealand dismisses complaints against Pope equal marriage blessing advert 8
2:32 PM — 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.
7th January 2013
New Zealand TV presenter: I haven’t urged for a gay rugby player to come out 2
3:53 PM — A gay sports presenter in New Zealand has denied calling for a gay All Blacks rugby player to openly declare his sexuality.
17th December 2012
New Zealand: Church billboard calls on Jesus to come out for Christmas 13
1:56 AM — A controversial church billboard in New Zealand has been unveiled, which raises the question of whether or not Jesus might have been gay.
1st December 2012
Video: Sir Ian McKellen says ‘I want to get married in Middle Earth’ for same-sex marriage campaign 14
8:26 PM — X-Men and Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellen has recorded a video for a New Zealand equal marriage campaign.
24th November 2012
New Zealand former MP: Labour Party is ‘controlled by homosexuals’ 31
11:17 PM — 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.
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
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.
2nd September 2012
New Zealand Prime Minister “Too Gay”, says Conservative leader 20
12:58 AM — 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.
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.