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.
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.
20th August 2012
Australian Greens concerned over too-early vote on marriage equality bill 11
10:09 AM — The Australian Green Party have voiced their concerns over the government attempting to bring an early vote on the marriage equality bill in an attempt to clear it off the political agenda.
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.