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New Zealand straight same-sex marriage ‘insults’ gays

New Zealand straight same-sex marriage ‘insults’ gays

Two best friends from New Zealand will get married tomorrow in order to win a trip to the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.

Engineering student Travis McIntosh, 23, and teacher Matt McCormick, 24, will say their rubgy-related vows in front of 60 family and friends in Auckland to win the radio competition.

McIntosh told the Otago Daily Times, ‘We are not here to insult anyone. We are here to do our own thing and travel our own path.

‘It’s just seeing how far two good mates would go to win a trip to the Rugby World Cup.

‘We picked up our wedding certificate and the nerves are starting to really hit home.’

He said he thought their marriage would last at least two years.

The two men met at a rugby club as children.

However, gay rights groups have condemned the union.

Neill Ballantyne, co-ordinator of Queer Support at Otago University Students’ Association, said the wedding was an ‘insult’ to gay people.

‘Something like this trivialises what we fought for [and promotes the marriage of two men] as something outrageous that you’d never consider,’ he said.

Joseph Habgood, co-chairman of LegaliseLove Aotearoa Wellington, said the competition attacked the legitimacy of gay marriages.

‘The point of this competition is that men marrying each other is still something they think is worth having a laugh at.

‘Maybe on the day that statistics around mental health for LGBTI people are better, when high schools are safe places for LGBTI youth, we can look back on all this and laugh.

‘But competitions like this don’t bring that day any closer.’

New Zealand legalized gay marriage in April 2013.