In April 18, 2013, New Zealand National Party MP Maurice Williamson had this speech about gay marriage:
"All we are doing with this bill is allowing two people who love each other to have that love recognized by way of marriage.
That is all we are doing. We are not declaring nuclear war on a foreign state. We are not bringing a virus in that could wipe out our agricultural sector forever. We are allowing two people who love each other to have that recognized, and I can't see what's wrong with that for love nor money.
I give a promise to those people who are opposed to this bill right now. I give you a watertight guaranteed promise; the sun will still rise tomorrow, your teenage daughter will still argue back with you as if she knows everything, your mortgage will not grow, you will not have skin disease or rashes or toads in your bed. The world will just carry on."
And on August 19, 2013, Paul McCarthy and Trent Kandler are going to be the very first Aussie gay couple to be wed in New Zealand under the Marriage Amendment Act which will also take effect that very same day.
In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Mr McCarthy said, "As soon as I heard the news that the marriage equality bill was passed I knew I wanted to ask Trent to marry me."
The Wellington Wedding Show will provide the ceremony's flowers, rings and designer wedding outfits for the couple. The reception will be held at Martin Bosley's, and the couple will be hosted in the luxury Museum Art Hotel together with eight of their closest friends and family members.
Although the marriage will not be legally recognised in Australia, this will not stop Mr McCarthy and Mr Kandler from feeling bliss.
Mr Mccarthy said, "We have been together for 11 years and the fact that we'll be the first to make a lifelong pledge to each other in somewhere as beautiful as New Zealand, is both historically significant, and an important step in our personal lives."
In another interview with News.com.au, the couple shared, "We feel really honoured, we have been discussing it for years. It was important for us to have our family and friends there and we wanted to spend it with all our loved ones so to be able to do it in New Zealand, which we had our first overseas holiday together, is really special to us."
As for the Australian government, the couple had this to say, "I hope our government can step up and realise that same-sex couples are the same as everyone else, we just want to spend the rest of our lives together."
The couple had won the Tourism New Zealand promotion.
Tim Burgess, Tourism New Zealand's General Manager said that, "Trent and Paul's entry was unique, inspiring and had a distinct Kiwi flavor. Their affection for New Zealand shone through and we immediately knew that we had the perfect Australian couple to come and tie the knot in New Zealand. We are looking forward to helping Trent and Paul "Make History" in Wellington next month, it is going to be a wonderful celebration.
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