First Same Sex Marriage Ceremonies Performed in New Zealand
New Zealand's first same-sex marriage ceremonies were performed Monday, as dozens of gay couples married across the country. While the country legalized same-sex marriage in April of this year, Monday marked the opening of the government office responsible for its implementation.
According to the country's Department of Internal Affairs, close to 1,000 marriage applications were downloaded the week same-sex marriage applications were released.
While the bill passed with almost a two-thirds vote, New Zealand's Conservative Party and religious leaders have expressed little enthusiasm for the bill....
Excerpt from the article, 'Conservative Party leader Colin Craig claimed that the bill had passed without Kiwi support.
'"I think it's a sad day for us as a nation because we are seeing a legislative and cultural change that New Zealanders didn't support," Mr Craig told ONE News. "It's not the first time I've seen the Government make a decision against the wishes of the people, I think that's the most serious issue here," he said.
'According to TVNZ News, the stance on the issue from New Zealand's Christian population is even more uneven. Anglicans, Presbyterians, Methodists and Baptists are split, while Roman Catholics uniformly oppose same-sex marriage.'
Strange country, strange Protestants, good article.