New Zealand PM says he will vote for gay marriage

New Zealand’s centre-right prime minister John Key says he will support same-sex marriage bill in parliament

New Zealand PM says he will vote for gay marriage
30 July 2012

New Zealand’s National Party prime minister John Key has confirmed that he supports gay marriage and will vote for a same-sex marriage bill that has been put before parliament.

‘My view has been that if two gay people want to get married then I can’t see why it would undermine my marriage to Bronagh [his wife],” Key said in an interview with RadioLive NZ this morning.

However Key also admitted that he thought many National Party MPs would oppose the bill. ‘There will be plenty of people in our caucus who will be deeply opposed – particularly the very religious ones, and I can understand that,’ he said.

Key added ‘we first need to go and have the debates’ before all 121 MPs in the parliament are allowed a free conscience vote on the issue.

A survey from the New Zealand Herald showed that 53 MPs support the same-sex marriage bill, three are against, 48 are undecided and 17 did not respond to the survey.

The first debate is likely to be held before September.

New Zealand politicians were quiet on the issue of gay marriage, until US President Barak Obama made his historic endorsement last May.

Following Obama’s announcement, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said he ‘was not personally opposed’ to legalizing same-sex marriage.

Father of American gay marriage movement speaks in New Zealand

Meanwhile, the father of the same-sex marriage movement in the US spoke at a gay rights seminar at Victoria University in Wellington on Saturday.

Evan Wolfson, a lawyer and advocate who wrote an influential book about gay marriage, was on vacation in New Zealand with his husband Cheng He and was invited to the panel discussion at Victoria University.

‘New Zealand has already got a head start in that about 66 per cent of New Zealanders already support equal marriage rights,’ said Wolfson, as reported by

‘We hope that New Zealand will become the next country in the world to end the denial of marriage to same sex couples.’



No thumbnail available

UK paper prints advert attacking pro-gay columnist

Daily Telegraph publishes rant by UKIP donor Demetri Marchessini claiming there is no such word as 'homophobic'
No thumbnail available

The world's 4 coolest underwater hotels

The future in hotels has arrived. From button-activated fish feeders to private coral gardens, we look at four stays showing people a whole new world
Canary Islands' LGBTI ad campaign wins Travel Marketing Award

Canary Islands' LGBTI ad campaign wins Travel Marketing Award

Region is home to blockbuster gay destination Gran Canaria
No thumbnail available

Trans student aims to stop bullying with chocolate

A British 21-year-old woman is trying to stop transphobic bullying by celebrating diversity with confectionary
No thumbnail available

President of Catholic High School in Minnesota resigns after revealing he is gay

William Hudson: 'I need to be truthful about my life'
No thumbnail available

Ellen DeGeneres tells Robin Roberts it is profound when people really 'get' you

Openly gay GMA host has relaxed and candid interview with openly gay Oscar host
No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

UK Government on why they insist on silence over gay marriage delay

As thousands of gay couples in England and Wales are frustrated over having to wait a year to get married, Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has called on the government to speed up
No thumbnail available

Icelanders book out event by anti-gay US evangelist to protest his views

Two free events by US evangelist Franklin Graham have sold out in Iceland – but not for the reasons he would have hoped for
No thumbnail available

Married same-sex couples in Virginia are told they can adopt or foster children

Governor Terry McAuliffe – who yesterday officiated at a gay wedding – says decision will ‘open more doors for Virginia children who need loving families’