Story: Marriage and partnering

Civil unions: gay couple (2nd of 2)

Civil unions: gay couple

Feelings within the gay and lesbian community about civil unions were mixed. Some argued that it was a lesser form of marriage and should be rejected. Others felt that marriage was a heterosexual idea not worth taking up. But for many couples the opportunity to celebrate their relationship and have it legally recognised was of great importance. Shown here are Ewart Gray and Michael Edie, the first couple to be joined in a civil union in Dunedin. Behind the couple stands celebrant and Presbyterian minister Geoffrey Vine. Marriage became available to same-sex couples in August 2013.

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Otago Daily Times
Reference: 6 June 2005, p. 7
Photograph by Peter McIntosh

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Megan Cook, 'Marriage and partnering - Loosening rules, expanding choices: partnering from the late 1960s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/30790/civil-unions-gay-couple (accessed 27 June 2017)

Story by Megan Cook, published 5 May 2011, updated 4 May 2017