Gay marriages 'put NZ on the map'
Christchurch-based Timaruvian Richard Rawstorn and his new husband, Richard Andrew, were among the 31 same-sex couples to legally tie the knot yesterday.
The wedding, an all-expenses paid radio station event, was at Rotorua Museum. Lesbian couple Rachel Briscoe and Jess Ives were married in the same ceremony.
Mr Andrew, who has been with Mr Rawstorn for seven years, said it was an event he never thought he would be able to participate in.
"New Zealand is a small country but this puts it on the map," he said.
Online comments on yesterday's story revealed same-sex marriage was still contentious, with some heralding the day as "historic", and others calling it "hysteric".
Mr Rawstorn's mother was understood to have attended the wedding. The number of marriage forms downloaded from the Department of Internal Affairs website has tripled in the past week as gay couples rush to tie the knot.
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