New Zealand holds its first same sex weddings

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Dozens of same-sex couples said "I do" on Monday as New Zealand became the first Asia-Pacific country, and only the 14th in the world, to legalise gay marriage.

Vows were exchanged in venues ranging from an airliner cruising at 30,000 feet to a historic bath house as gay men and women took advantage of the law change.
The Campaign For Marriage Equality said it ended an historical injustice and meant the love of all people was recognised as equal in the eyes of the law.
"A massive congratulations to the happy couples tying the knot today. Marriage equality has finally arrived in New Zealand," spokesman Conrad Reyners said.
The amendment to the Marriage Act was passed by parliament in April but did not come into effect until Monday.
Two radio stations competed to host the first same-sex wedding, with the ceremonies broadcast live during their breakfast programmes.

In reality, the nuptials took place around the same time, at 8.30am Monday (2030 GMT Sunday), after the government offices that issue marriage licences had opened.
Reverend Matt Tittle from Auckland's Unitarian Church married one of the couples, Tash Vitali, 37, and Mel Ray, 29.
"It's history in the making," he said. "Hopefully it will help other countries to do the same and help New Zealanders to realise that everyone has worth and dignity no matter who they love."
Air New Zealand staged a special flight from Auckland to Queenstown where Lynley Bendall and Ally Wanikau tied the knot in the air after 14 years together, with American actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson from the hit comedy "Modern Family" in attendance.
"To be married at 30,000 feet beneath strings of fairy lights with our children, friends and family as witnesses makes an already memorable day that much more special," Bendall said.
"It was surreal to have Jesse play a part in the ceremony too."
However, conservative lobby group Family First said changing the Marriage Act was "an arrogant act of cultural vandalism" that politicians had pushed through without a public mandate.
"Social engineers including politicians and activists are expecting marriage supporters to drop their deeply held convictions because of the misguided decisions of politicians," national director Bob McCoskrie said.
The Anglican Church has also asked its ministers to refrain from conducting same-sex weddings pending a report to its general synod next year.
New Zealand decriminalised homosexuality in 1986 and has allowed same-sex civil unions since 2005.

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winace at 02:53 PM, 19/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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Rubbish
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Benea at 08:42 PM, 19/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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 Lips Sealed
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Aisha16 at 09:03 PM, 19/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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The devil is a bastard. May God help our generation
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uploader at 10:03 PM, 19/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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see hell fire candidates.
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Eghosamx4sure at 10:36 PM, 19/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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Just too wrong
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Senegal at 11:27 PM, 19/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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Stupid!!!
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Aniagain at 11:32 PM, 19/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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We will resist that wit d last drop of our blood here in Nigeria

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2bify at 11:36 PM, 19/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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PIGMOUTH WE DONT NEED THIS KIND OF STORY,    NIGERIA IS NOT A GAY OR LESBIAN WORLD,      IF U HAVE THIS TYPE OF NEWS NEXT TIME, PLEASE TAKE IT TO GAY AND LESBIAN WORLD OK, THANKS
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ozem at 01:30 AM, 20/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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Stupidity.
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EmekaBlue at 02:06 AM, 20/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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 Undecided
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jossy4reall at 02:45 AM, 20/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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make God punish devil

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sundayibeh at 04:34 AM, 20/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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Quote from: 2bify on 11:36 PM, 19/08/2013
PIGMOUTH WE DONT NEED THIS KIND OF STORY,    NIGERIA IS NOT A GAY OR LESBIAN WORLD,      IF U HAVE THIS TYPE OF NEWS NEXT TIME, PLEASE TAKE IT TO GAY AND LESBIAN WORLD OK, THANKS
i strongly believe in your advice and naija-pal should know the kind of story they should send for we naija people
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sundayibeh at 04:36 AM, 20/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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but naija pal are stylishness want to introduce it to our beloved country they should come out openly point black !!! Angry Angry Angry   
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sundayibeh at 04:37 AM, 20/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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idoit
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waffibabe at 05:47 AM, 20/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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they are preparing for their final destination. hellfire
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moness at 08:16 AM, 20/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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this is sodom
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Lekan22 at 08:22 AM, 20/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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 Lips Sealed
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Nicksam at 08:25 AM, 20/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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I HOPE MR OBAMA IS HAPPY FOR SEEING HIS HAND WORK
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Hixy at 08:46 AM, 20/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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Quote from: Aisha16 on 09:03 PM, 19/08/2013
The devil is a bastard. May God help our generation

Amen! To that effect I believe all the gay brothers n sisters are aware of their new found destination ...en route...
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