Tourist authorities have started a search for an Australian same-sex couple to be the first to marry in New Zealand when the country legalises gay marriage on August 19. Tourism New Zealand’s national search has been launched as a competition with Australian-based gay and lesbian newspaper Star Observer. The number of Australians travelling to NZ is expected to increase because of the Marriage Amendment Act. The Australian manager of Tourism New Zealand, Tim Burgess, has said: “New Zealand is already the No. 1 holiday choice for Australians going overseas [1.15 million visited last year], so why not the No. 1 same-sex marriage destination?”
we celebrate with New Zealand’s gays and lesbians, and hope will be celebrating here in California as well soon.