Story: Lesbian lives

Civil union

Civil union

The Civil Union Act 2004 made it possible for lesbian couples to enter into legal partnerships. Kelly Cunningham (back) and Lif Cooper of Hamilton celebrated their civil union in April 2005, not long after the law came into force. Same-sex marriage was legalised in August 2013.

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Alison J. Laurie, 'Lesbian lives - Contemporary lesbian life', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 September 2020)

Story by Alison J. Laurie, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 15 Aug 2018