Supporters of the bill, including hundreds of gay-rights advocates, stood and cheered after the vote was announced late Wednesday. Then someone started signing 'Pokarekare Ana' in the indigenous Maori language, and soon nearly the whole room joined in. She added that 'nothing could make me more proud to be a New Zealander than passing this bill. And he suggested that religious objections might even be off-base:
Same-Sex Marriage Around the World
LGBT rights in New Zealand - Wikipedia
The decision, which went into effect immediately, makes the Andean mountain nation the fifth country in Latin America to allow gays and lesbians to wed. Austria On Jan. The country had granted gay and lesbian couples the right to enter into a civil partnership in Australia On Dec. Along with New Zealand, Australia became the second country in the Asia-Pacific region to make same-sex marriage legal.
How same-sex marriage has changed New Zealand
Considering this issue in greater detail is important, as the institution of marriage has shaped society for centuries. Part IV will discuss the situation in other jurisdictions, while part V turns to potential future developments. Many people argued against the recent change to allow same-sex couples to marry, based on the belief that the definition of marriage necessarily requires a heterosexual couple.
Sign the form in front of a Registrar of Marriages You or your partner needs to take the notice to your local Registrar of Marriages in person, so they can witness you signing the declaration. The address is on the form. If you live in Auckland, Manukau, Wellington or Christchurch, you can make the booking online. It takes 3 days to get the licence.