19th August 2013
New Zealand’s first same-sex weddings take place 19
12:29 AM — New Zealand's first same-sex weddings are taking place, eight months after the country ended the ban on gay couples marrying.
16th August 2013
The Queen: Monarch of 11 countries where being gay can land you in prison 107
1:35 PM — While the anti-gay laws in Russia have garnered a lot of International attention in recent weeks, it is still legal to be gay in the country. However, in other parts of the world, where The Queen is Head of State, gay people can be jailed for same-sex activity.
18th July 2013
New Zealand: Church changes its mind on holding first same-sex wedding 17
1:02 AM — A church in New Zealand has attracted media attention after it went back on its decision to hold one of the country's first same-sex weddings.
17th July 2013
New Zealand: Airline hopes to hold first same-sex wedding 30,000 ft above the ground 6
5:06 PM — Air New Zealand has announced that it plans to hold the country's first same-sex wedding ceremony at 30,000 ft above the ground.
7th July 2013
New Zealand: Green Party urges government to protect trans prisoners 1
8:35 AM — New Zealand's Green Party has urged the government to speed up its review of policy concerning transgender prison inmates. The party warns that the drawn-out review has put the safety of trans people at risk.
18th June 2013
South Australia to debate motion to formally congratulate New Zealand for marriage equality 8
1:10 AM — The Upper House in South Australia is on Wednesdsay to debate a motion which would formally congratulate New Zealand for legalising equal marriage earlier this year.
17th June 2013
New Zealand: Rugby star apologises after tweeting the word ‘fag’ 21
1:30 AM — An All Blacks rugby star in New Zealand has quickly apologised after tweeting that a fellow player was a "fag", following his team's victory on Saturday over France.
12th June 2013
New Zealand: Female rugby fan abused by three men for asking homophobic chants to stop 17
6:19 PM — A female rugby fan in New Zealand has said she was verbally abused, and tapped on the head, after asking other fans at a rugby match to stop using the words "homos" and "faggots".
27th May 2013
New Zealand’s ‘gay rainbow’ MP: ‘Be Ye Not Afraid of same-sex marriage’ 7
8:46 PM — Maurice Williamson, the New Zealand MP for Pakuranga whose pro-equal marriage speech went viral, has written an open letter to Australia and the rest of the world in defence of same-sex marriage.
14th May 2013
New Zealand MP who gave viral pro-equal marriage speech now will not appear on Ellen 2
10:09 PM — A New Zealand MP whose powerful speech following the country’s vote to legalise equal marriage went viral, will not appear on the Ellen show, despite being invited by host Ellen DeGeneres.
11th May 2013
New Zealand: B&B owner says ‘not in my home’ to lesbian couple 56
10:47 PM — A lesbian couple were told to sleep in separate beds or move on to other accommodation by a bed and breakfast in New Zealand.
10th May 2013
New Zealand: Protesters will hold ‘turn McDonalds gay day’ after employee told he was ‘too gay’ 6
1:19 PM — Demonstrators will gather at a branch of fast-food chain McConalds to hold a "turn McDonald's gay day", in protest against the treatment of a staff member, who was told by his manager that he would be disciplined if he "turned anybody else gay oh shift".
9th May 2013
New Zealand: Human Rights Tribunal rules that gay aspiring priest was discriminated against by Anglican Church 3
1:44 PM — A gay man who went to a tribunal over being refused the position of a priest at the Anglican Church, has said he is "grateful" the commission took his case, and that he may apply again in future for the job.
5th May 2013
New Zealand: World’s first trans MP suffering kidney failure 7
9:39 AM — A former MP who was the first openly transgender person in the world to hold the position has announced that she will not be making a planned return to politics, stating that she has chronic kidney failure.
2nd May 2013
New Zealand: McDonald’s worker told ‘If you turn anyone else in the store gay, I will punish you’ 21
5:53 PM — It emerged during a New Zealand protest against conditions for workers of fast food chain McDonald's that gay staff members faced discrimination and harassment, with one man claiming several coworkers had left their jobs over the problem.
29th April 2013
New Zealand: ‘Homophobic’ beer advert causes controversy 32
3:27 PM — A brewery in New Zealand has responded to controversy caused by a billboard containing an advert for one of its beer brands, which has been described by some as "homophobic".
23rd April 2013
New Zealand: Conservative Party leader threatens to sue satirical website for ‘big gay rainbow’ article 12
6:56 PM — The leader of New Zealand's Conservative Party has taken offence at a satirical news story written about himself, and another MP, who made a now famous speech around equal marriage, and has threatened legal action.
22nd April 2013
New Zealand MP who gave viral pro-equal marriage speech invited onto Ellen Show 9
2:17 PM — A New Zealand MP whose powerful speech following the country's vote to legalise equal marriage last week went viral, has been invited onto the Ellen show by host Ellen DeGeneres.
18th April 2013
Video: New Zealand MP: ‘We are only legalising equal marriage, not declaring nuclear war’ 14
4:27 PM — The video of a New Zealand MP's impassioned speech following a vote to legalise equal marriage in the country, has gone viral, as he poked fun at those opposed to the measure, and emphasised its importance.
Openly gay Australian MP: I doubt an equal marriage bill would currently pass in New South Wales 1
2:03 AM — An openly gay MP in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, has said that she is not convinced that an equal marriage bill would currently be able to pass in the state's parliament.