Cook Islands: No Marriage Equality Here, Prime Minister Says

Written by scott on April 29th, 2013

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The Cook Islands, a small nation in the South Pacific with strong ties to New Zealand, will not be following its larger partner’s lead on marriage equality. Gay Star News reports:

The prime minister of the Cook Islands, Henry Puna, said they will not be following New Zealand into legalizing gay marriage, despite the islands ties to the Pacific nation. Puna said the Cook Islands ‘Christian values’ and ‘tradition’ prevent it from adopting marriage equality, Radio New Zealand International reports.

The citizens of the Cook Islands receive New Zealand nationality, but the gays and lesbians there will now be second-class citizens.

 

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