Showing posts with label Weddings. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Weddings. Show all posts

December 4, 2018

One More Story in NYC: Cops Get it Right, Groom Can Propose Thanks to the Cops

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She said Yes - but he was so excited that he dropped the ring in a grate. Our @NYPDSpecialops officers rescued it & would like to return it to the happy couple. Help us find them? 💍 call 800-577-TIPS @NYPDTIPS @NYPDMTN
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July 16, 2018

IT Should've Been Me } Drag Queen Crashes Glasgow Wedding-A Gift For a Monday`

Watch Cherie Trieffel lose her skirt and terrorize the Glasgow grooms.

A minister shouldn’t ask wedding guests for objections unless he’s ready for a big one.
Glasgow Pride was held this weekend, but the Scottish city was pretty damn gay last weekend when a drag queen crashed a wedding between two men in kilts while lip-syncing “It Should Have Been Me” by Yvonne Fair.
“Cherie Trieffel swept into Saint Luke’s church, stunning the crowd with a rendition of the iconic song, as grooms Peter McConnachie and Peter Deaville waited anxiously at the altar,” Glasgow Live reports.
Another Angle on another time (this one 1 yr ago). This one is staged as you would see.

The drag alter ego of Mark Swift, Cherie smooched male guests, smacked the grooms with her handbag, somehow lost her skirt, and even attempted to lift up one of those kilts. She never could hold her peace!
“The grooms organized it without telling anyone that it was happening,” explains Graham Cole, who shot video of the ceremony-stopping number. “Peter’s M’s mum Glenda actually thought it was real!”
Just your average wedding...
Congratulations Peter and Peter ❤️❤️
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June 19, 2018

Another Royal Wedding: This Time Gay

 Mountbatten (left) revealed the marriage had received the full blessing from the Royal Family, but then stated that he still isn't completely comfortable


The British royal family is gearing up for another historic wedding. Later this summer, the Queen's cousin, Lord Ivar Mountbatten, will become the first member of the extended royal family to have a same-sex marriage. Lord Ivar will marry his partner, James Coyle, in a private chapel in Devon.

Lord Ivar's ex-wife, Penny, with whom he has three daughters, will give him away at the ceremony.

"It was the girls' idea," she explained in an interview with the Daily Mail. 'It makes me feel quite emotional. "I'm really very touched."

Penny is immensely supportive of her ex-husband's new relationship and knew to go into her marriage with Lord Ivar that he identified as bisexual.

"What I don't think Ivar realizes is how much he has changed as a man since he came out. James is hugely responsible for that because he's so much fun," she said. "Ivar is so much more relaxed these days. He's so much kinder. He's become a great cook. I now call him Fanny Cradock. He probably wasn't even aware that by keeping his sexuality a secret it was really quite tormenting him. Now it's out he's a completely different person. Everybody says they've never seen him happier."

The wedding has the full blessing of the family. One of Lord Ivar's best friends is Prince Edward. Lord Ivar is a godparent to Edward's daughter Louise and the Earl and Countess of Wessex are godparents to Lord Ivar's two oldest children.

"Sophie and Edward know of our plans and are really excited for us," Lord Ivar explained. "Sadly they can't come to the wedding. Their diaries are arranged months in advance and they're not around, but they adore James. Everyone adores him.

February 19, 2018

Trump Not Invited to Royal Wedding but The Obama's Were, Tweet, Tweet

I know that this is a petty diary, but I couldn’t help myself. Donald Trump is going to hate this: 

 A royal source told Daily Star that the prince and his fiancé “want to do things their own way,” despite some aides advising them not to invite the Obamas because it would outrage current president Donald Trump, who has reportedly not been invited. But now the decision is up to the Obamas. Barack Obama and Prince Harry have a genuine friendship, writes Daily Star, one that goes beyond politics and work. Obama was recently interviewed by the prince on BBC Radio 4’s Today program. When the prince and Markle’s engagement was announced, Obama tweeted “We wish you a lifetime of you and happiness together.”
Donald Trump was reportedly not invited.

I love this for two very big reasons. First, two young and able people are standing up for themselves and taking control. Secondly, the invitation to the Obamas represents a huge slap in the face of Donald Trump and his horde of nihilists. 

The Obamas have not RSVP’d as of yet, but sources are saying that they are sure that the Obamas will attend.  The fact that Trump will probably blow his stack is reasoned enough for me to take a few hours out of my day to watch this overblown ceremony.  And besides, Obama has been a genuine friend to Prince Harry.  Harry should be able to invite his friend to his wedding, and without having to worry about the reaction of an orange-colored obnoxious stranger.  

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September 3, 2017

The Complicated Lives of Gay Muslims and Good Moms Always Stick by Their Sons

 There were so happy and so proud being the first but being the first brings responsibilities and stressful situations

We published the picture and the story of this Gay Muslim couple getting married. They were times of unmeasurable happiness but also earthquakes from the Muslim community 

Dressed in golden South Asian attire, the men embraced in front of smiling guests and eager photographers. Jahed’s family was noticeably missing in images and videos circulated online. Within days, the couple’s post-nuptial celebration was abruptly cut short as they received acid attack threats.

Across the world and nearly simultaneously, there was another wedding involving a Muslim family and their gay son. In a reception hall in Vancouver, a Muslim mother, Siddika, stood by her son, Ali Reza, smiling widely as he wed his beloved —  a man named Paul. In contrast to Jahed, who said his family found his wedding “too embarrassing” to attend, Ali Reza stood shoulder-to-shoulder with his parents.

Over the next week, photos from the happy day swept around the world — to condemnation from within the close-knit community of Khoja Muslims, an ethnic group within the minority Shi‘a sect of Islam. They fiercely objected to the family’s apparent unrepentant joy. 

One leader in the Khoja community wrote, “…it is the duty of every committed Muslim to condemn this despicable deed” in a viral message on WhatsApp. Within days, the 53-year-old mother, whose last name we are withholding for safety reasons, sent community members a two-page letter, saying she was “forced to resign” as secretary general of the North American Shia Ithna-Asheri Muslim Communities Organization, an Ontario-based organization that represents American and Canadian Muslims of Khoja heritage.

In the poignant letter expressing support for her son, the mother wrote, “My stance today is not just as a devoted mother, but as a human being who has painfully observed how the community has usurped the rights of God’s creation in the name of Islam and passed judgment.”

The controversy over this marriage showcases how Muslim communities are grappling with social issues as they assimilate in the West.

A Geography of Taboo

Homosexuality remains taboo in most Muslim communities, with a 2013 Pew global survey on Muslim views chronicling overwhelming disapproval of homosexuality in all Muslim-majority countries and territories surveyed. However, Siddika’s story also reveals the dichotomy between the rigid views of many Muslim leaders and the complex, diverse and nuanced perspectives of ordinary Muslims, especially those living in the West. 

The family’s ordeal highlights the unique challenges, but complex circumstances, many Muslims face when they come out as gay or are perceived as gay. Ten countries currently have death penalty provisions for homosexual activity —  all of them are Muslim-majority. Still, a 2014 Pew survey found that a higher percentage of American Muslims support same-sex marriage, than did respondents who identified as evangelical Christian, Mormon or Jehovah’s Witness.

Zahra Khakoo, a 24-year-old Khoja in Australia, said the incident shines an uncomfortable light on an intergenerational and geographic clash of values that goes beyond views on homosexuality.

“The idea that most people in the community have is that you cannot be a person of your own,” she said. One’s “shameful” actions reflect first on the parents, then the Jamaat, or community, and eventually the entire worldwide Khoja community, she said. “I think [Siddika] did the right thing. I think what she did is most defiantly Islamic. She did her job as a mother to support her son.”

Ani Zonneveld is the founder and president of Muslims for Progressive Values, a LGBTQ-affirming, faith-based human rights organization. She believes the Vancouver story shows the need for organizations like PFLAG, formerly known as Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, to support Muslim families who suffer from heteronormative religious interpretations that she called “un-Islamic” in spirit. 

Usama Hasan, a London-based imam and theological scholar who argues that homosexuality is not explicitly condemned in Islamic tradition, said, “Whatever one’s views and interpretations, we should applaud the brave and compassionate voice of the mother who correctly reminded us that mercy is the essential teaching of the Qur’an.”

The journey of Siddika’s family from arriving in Canada to celebrating the wedding of her eldest son is emblematic of the challenges —  and triumphs —  of integration and assimilation. In the 1980s, Siddika and her husband, both born in East Africa of Khoja stock, arrived in Canada from England. Soon after, Siddika gave birth to her first-born child, her son, Ali Reza. Khojas are an ethnoreligious group of Muslims with ancestral roots in India, totaling several hundred thousand worldwide today, who settled in East Africa in the 19th century. In recent decades, many have immigrated to Europe, North America, and Australia.

In her resignation letter obtained by INTO, Siddika wrote she was “shocked, devastated, and heartbroken” when Ali Reza came out ten years ago, at the age of 20, as gay. “He said he had known about it since the age of 16 and that he had spent countless hours praying to God to change this feeling in him because this was not a life he wanted for himself,” she wrote. “I went through everything from ‘why me’ to countless hours of prayers, going to all the ziyarats [pilgrimages], consultation with alims [theologians] to see the light and get guidance from Him,” Siddika said the family grew to support Ali Reza.

“For us, this is about standing up for Ali’s God-given right to live a life that would not be filled with the burden of religious guilt and compounded by communal scorn and societal shame,” Siddika’s statement continued. “In moments of darkness, I realized that the only way for Ali to live an authentic life and not have to hide and fear rejection was to give him space to reach his human potential as God’s creation.”

With this embrace of her son, Siddika stood beside Ali Reza, 30, on July 2, as he married his partner Paul, 27, in a civil ceremony at a local university hall in Vancouver. Siddika and her family declined to be interviewed.

In Instagram photos, the newly-wed couple beam as they pose happily with their family and friends, sharing their first dance and cutting a two-tier cake.

The Happiness and Backlash

A week later, an anonymous WhatsApp user spread news of the wedding in the Khoja community, with the mother’s title in leadership. A backlash ensued. Many writers cited stories and verses from the Qur’an to condemn homosexuality. Other WhatsApp messages excoriated the family and called for the mother to be immediately removed from leadership. Some demanded that Siddika and her family even be declared non-Muslims or apostates.

Khoja organizations and mosques around the world heaped further humiliation on the family, issuing condemnations against the family. Khoja organizations and leaders based in Africa and South Asia issued the strongest condemnations while ones based in the West used softer or more neutral language. This division parallels the Anglican church’s struggle in reconciling the ongoing opposition to homosexuality sustained by many member churches in developing nations.

The Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaat of Dar es Salaam, a mosque based in Tanzania, wrote that it “vehemently condemns this disgusting act to its fullest,” noting that the family members should be “willingly or forcefully” removed from leadership.

Ten days after the wedding, an anonymous user posted an online campaign on, calling for the resignation of the Khoja North American community organization’s leadership. It garnered hundreds of signatures. The next day, Siddika sent her resignation letter to the president of the Khoja community organization.

In the statement’s concluding paragraph, Siddika asks, “If Ali Reza was your son, what would you do?”

Three days later, the World Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Muslim Communities, a U.N.-recognized non-profit organization, issued a statement that called regional groups to “select and elect leaders who believe and practice in the values” of Islam. The Khoja organizations did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

While many have criticized —  and even cursed —  the Muslim mother who stood by her gay son in his happiest moments, others, particularly young Khojas in the West, continue to support the family in private. Their support reflects currents of social change in the community who have settled across four continents over the last two centuries.


By Andy Ngo who is a graduate student in political science at Portland State University, studying Islamism and its intersection with women’s issues. Follow him on Twitter here.

August 13, 2015

Mass Gay Wedding in Ex-homophobic Puerto Rico


More than 60 gay couples are preparing to exchange vows at a mass wedding in Puerto Rico, celebrating a U.S. Supreme Court ruling affecting the socially conservative U.S. territory, organizers said Wednesday.
Most of the couples are Puerto Ricans, but others from Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Venezuela also are participating in the event scheduled for Sunday in San Juan's colonial district.
"This is a historic event for all of Puerto Rico," said organizer Ada Conde, an attorney who had filed a federal lawsuit seeking to have her gay marriage recognized in the U.S. territory prior to the Supreme Court decision. "This is not a show. This is not a parade. This is a solemn event to celebrate the fruit of our sacrifice."
Conde said she anticipated protests and noted that police officers would be posted at the ceremony.

 Puerto Rico until recently prohibited same-sex marriage and the recognition of such marriages, but the government struck down those laws after the Supreme Court decision. Officials also now allow gay couples to adopt children, and two couples have already begun that process, said Nancy Vega, director of the island's demographics office.
Among those getting married Sunday is Maritza Lopez, who has been with her partner for 39 years and was among those who filed a lawsuit against Puerto Rico’s government.
"You would think that after 39 years I wouldn't be nervous, but I am," she said with a laugh. "I have butterflies in my stomach. I didn’t think any of this was going to happen so quickly."

Previously, the administration of Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla had approved several measures in in favor of the gay community, including one that prohibits employment discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation and another that extends a domestic violence law to gay couples. This week, the governor also signed two executive orders that will allow transgender and transsexual people to change their gender on their driver’s license and protect their rights when seeking medical services.

By DANICA COTO Associated Press

May 20, 2015

In India Mother Looks for Groom for Her Son } Subverting The Tradition of Finding a Bride


 Harish Iyer talks at cultural event THiNK 2013 in Goa. His mother has placed a marriage advert in a newspaper seeking a groom for him, defying India’s homosexuality ban. Photograph: Hindustan Times via Getty Images
Harish Iyer talks at cultural event THiNK 2013 in Goa. His mother has placed a marriage advert in a newspaper seeking a groom for him, defying India’s homosexuality ban.
In all but one word, the advertisement was like thousands of others published in the still hugely popular matrimonial section of newspapers across India every week.
“Seeking 25-40, Well Placed, Animal-Loving, Vegetarian Groom for my son (36, 5’11’’) who works with an NGO,” it read.
Printed in a tabloid newspaper on Tuesday, it was the first advertisement for a partner in a same-sex marriage in India, where homosexuality is illegal.
The son in question was Harish Iyer, a prominent Indian activist, and it was placed, as is  “I’m proud of her. It was her idea. My mum was like: ‘You don’t have a boyfriend, you’re not so young.’ She was concerned for her ageing son like any Indian mum would be, irrespective of whether he is homosexual or heterosexual,” Iyer, 36, said.
Homosexuality was in effect re-criminalised in India in 2013 in a decision by the supreme court that stunned campaigners and led to international criticism.
Gay rights activists say gay people face significant discrimination and police harassment, even if prosecutions for same-sex activity have been rare.
Iyer said three major newspapers refused to carry the advertisement, on the grounds that it was illegal.
Sachin Kalbag, executive editor of the Mumbai daily Mid-Day, said there had never been any question of not publishing it.
“Normally if there is a problem with an ad, then the department will come to me. It raised no eyebrows at all. We are pro-equal rights and have been running vociferous campaigns against discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation,” Kalbag said. 
Gay activists say that though much prejudice remains in India, there is increasing support for their cause. Only about a dozen people attended India’s first gay pride march, in the eastern city of Kolkata in 1999. Now thousands gather there each year and similar events are held in Delhi, Mumbai and other major cities. Gay film festivals and university campus groups have also sprung up.
Homosexual marriages, however, remain a distant prospect.
“Historically, Indians have always had marriages arranged by parents or relatives as the preferred way of getting hitched. There has been an outpouring of support for the gay community but there remains a huge conservative community too, which is a majority and is unwilling to accept gays,” Kalbag said.
2009 judgment of the high court in Delhi to repeal the law banning gay sex, known as section 377, had been seen as a landmark in the campaign for equality in India.
Few had expected the 2013 legal challenge launched by conservatives – including Muslim and Christian religious associations, a rightwing politician and a retired bureaucrat turned astrologist – to succeed.
With a rightwing government currently in power, it is unlikely the new ban on homosexuality will be overturned soon.
India was recently ranked below below China, Nepal and Qatar in an index of “gay happiness”.
The last line of the advertisement for a husband for Iyer, who was listed among the 100 most influential gay men and women by the Guardian in 2013, has prompted some debate.
It read: “Caste no bar (though Iyer preferred)”. “It’s more like fixing a date. I’ll make my own choice. There’s no issue for me, as long as he is vegetarian and loves animals,” Iyer said.
 in Delhi

October 4, 2014

Wedding Postpone Because of Insults Finally Takes Place


Coronado residents and merchants have banded together in an extraordinary effort to save a wedding, and maybe even the city’s reputation.
A “do-over” wedding is scheduled Oct. 11 at one of the city’s fanciest hotels for a gay couple whose August nuptials in one of Coronado’s bayside parks were marred by a heckler shouting hateful slurs.
The goal of the second ceremony is giving the couple a more positive experience and showing that Coronado is a welcoming community where discrimination won’t be tolerated.
“The people of Coronado, who said they wouldn’t tolerate what happened to us, have created a happy ending,” said Oscar de Las Salas, who will marry Gary Jackson again next week. “We never expected this. It’s incredible.”
Leaders of the region’s gay and lesbian community said Thursday that the outpouring of support from such a wide cross section of Coronado shows the military town isn’t as conservative as its image. They said it also strengthens San Diego County’s reputation as one of the most welcoming places in the world for lesbians, gays and bisexuals.
The aggressive rallying on behalf of a gay couple, which has been a hot topic on Facebook and message boards focused on gay rights, is also a sign of the times, community leaders said. Gays have not only won the right to get married, but now the public won’t tolerate it when someone fails to respect that right, they said.
“A decade ago we wouldn’t have had same sex marriages here, much less this kind of response to a same-sex wedding gone wrong,” said Stephen Whitburn, executive director of San Diego Pride.
Coronado residents and city leaders have called the heckling, which police said Thursday they’re investigating as a possible hate crime, an isolated and unusual incident.
“The hateful shouts of one person should not serve as a representation of how our community as a whole behaves,” Mayor Casey Tanaka, who is scheduled to officiate next week’s do-over wedding, said Thursday. “I’m happy our city has a chance to make things right.”
That was the goal of four young Coronado women who have spearheaded planning for the event, said attorney Alisa Kerr, a member of the foursome.
“Their wedding being marred by some jerk is such an inaccurate reflection of the community and the kindness we have here for everybody,” she said.
“We were planning at first to just throw them a little party, but the whole community has been so generous that we’re really going to be able to show them how awesome Coronado is.”
Loews Coronado Bay Resort donated a 300-seat venue, Coronado’s Blue Bridge Hospitality restaurant chain will supply the food, Coronado Cupcakery is handling the wedding cake and Vigilucci’s Ristorante contributed champagne for the toast, Kerr said. Many other local restaurants and merchants have also made contributions, she said.
“It’s insane how much they’re donating,” said Kerr, whose planning partners are Rita Alipour, Kate Blumenthal and Cerissa McPartlin Kieffer. “I mean a Loews wedding on a Saturday — I have no idea how much that would cost.”

Brian Johnson, managing director for Loews Coronado, said it was an easy decision when his staff heard about the circumstances.
“For us, it’s really an honor to take part,” he said, estimating that such a wedding would typically cost between $15,000 and $20,000.
Jackson and de Las Salas called the outpouring of support they’ve received remarkable.
“We’re excited this group of people are showing us there is not homophobia in Coronado,” de Las Salas said Thursday. “These people are standing up against that little heckler who tried to destroy our day.”
The heckler, who witnesses say shouted “go home homos” and other gay slurs, was hiding on the balcony of an upscale condominium on the edge of Centennial Park, an area open to the public that extends from San Diego Bay to First Street in Coronado.
De Las Salas, who lives with Jackson in Phoenix but visits San Diego frequently, said he was surprised the heckling happened in this part of the country.
“We chose Coronado without hesitation because it’s California, one of the most open and inclusive states,” he said. “I wouldn’t be as surprised if we had been in Iowa or Idaho or some other states.”
The scene at the August wedding was awkward and upsetting, said David De Alva, who played live music at the event.
“Everyone started fidgeting when we first heard it — we all just hoped it would stop,” De Alva said Thursday. “It was in the background but it was loud enough to hear. The guy sounded a little drunk and it was clear he wanted what he was saying to be heard.”
Lea Corbin, community relations director for the Coronado Police Department, said police have a few more witnesses to interview before they decide whether the heckling was a hate crime.
She said one factor that might make a prosecution tough is that no one heard the man say anything threatening. Another problem is that no one has been able to identify the man or exactly which condo balcony he was on, she said.
Kerr said extra precautions are being taken to prevent hecklers from marring the do-over wedding. She noted that Loews Coronado has significantly more security than a public park.
But Kerr said she doubts the heckling would happen again no matter where in Coronado the second wedding was held.
“There’s great tolerance in Coronado because there’s so much diversity,” she said. “We have military people stationed here from all over the country and tourists come here from all over the world.”
Maureen Steiner, a gay Coronado resident who organized an “Out in Coronado” event for local gays more than 20 years ago, agreed with Kerr.
“Because of the military presence, many of our residents are well-educated and have had worldly experiences," Steiner said. “They’ve seen up close real discrimination, poverty and hardship.” (619) 269-8906 @UTDavidGarrick

September 13, 2014

The Gay World Responds to the Sham Straight-Gay Wedding (update)

"Not here to insult anyone": Best mates Travis McIntosh and Matt McCormick married in Auckland on Friday morning. 
"Not here to insult anyone": Best mates Travis McIntosh and Matt McCormick married in Auckland on Friday morning. Photo: s


Two men got married in New Zealand this morning and people aren't happy about it.
Heterosexuals Travis McIntosh and Matt McCormick tied the knot on Friday morning as part of a radio competition to win tickets to the Rugby World Cup. The "best mates" got hitched at Eden Park stadium in Auckland before a crowd of 60 family members and friends, with tens of thousands listening live.
But the stunt has prompted a rare union between gay rights groups and social conservatives, who have both condemned the sham marriage - for very different reasons.

Travis McIntosh and Matt McCormick.
Alex Greenwich, independent MP for Sydney and former convener of Australian  Marriage Equality, said "all sides" of the marriage equality debate would be understandably upset.
 "It essentially makes a mockery of marriage. Marriage is a really important institution about love and commitment and it's sad to see that there are people who are making a joke out of that," he said.
"Gay and lesbian people are fighting for the right to marry in Australia and have been fighting for the right in New Zealand, and it's because they take marriage extremely seriously, and the commitments and responsibilities that come with that. Here are two straight guys making a joke of that, and that's deeply concerning."
Shelly Argent, a spokesperson for Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, said the stunt was in poor taste.

"This is two straight men who have done a wonderful job of trivialising marriage on their own," she said. "I hope it takes them quite a while to get the marriage annulled."
New Zealand legalised gay marriage in 2013, and approximately one-third of the subsequent ceremonies have involved Australian couples.
Bob McCoskrie, director of the conservative NZ lobby group Family First, said condemnation of the radio stunt by gay rights groups was ironic.
"This competition makes a mockery of marriage, but so did the redefining of marriage," he said. He described gay matrimony as “ n arrogant act of cultural vandalism".

The "Love You Man" contest, run by youth FM station The Edge, saw more than 200 "bromances" enter for their chance to see New Zealand play England at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. 
The competition, open only to heterosexual males, has divided opinion since it was first announced. Master of ceremonies James McOnie, a television presenter, reportedly acknowledged the controversy and called the whole thing "a bit weird".
"It's just a couple of genuine mates willing to go the full 80. That's a rugby term, not a position in the karma sutra", he joked at the wedding, according to website Gay NZ. He reportedly noted the happy couple would “ ome together in marriage but not in other ways".

Mr McCormick, 24, told the Otago Daily Times his friendship with Mr McIntosh, 23, began when the pair met at Pirates Rugby Club in Dunedin when he was aged six. He said both families were supportive of their decision to wed.
"They're backing us 100 per cent," he said. "We are not here to insult anyone. We are here to do our own thing and travel our own path.

And not all gay and lesbian commentators in Australia rushed to condemn the stunt. Some argued it was a welcome development in the decline of marriage as an important institution, while Rodney Croome, national director of Australian Marriage Equality, said he was not treating it particularly seriously.
"Heterosexual couples have used marriage to win competitions for years, just look at The Bachelor and Farmer Wants a Wife," Mr Croome said.
"But it's still disappointing that straight people are enjoying New Zealand's equality laws, while committed Australian couples can only watch from across the Tasman."

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