Australians attend Kiwi same-sex wedding in virtual reality
A gay Kiwi wedding filmed in virtual reality has been screened in a Sydney park to show Australians what it's like to witness a same-sex marriage.
On Tuesday, First Fleet Park in Sydney transformed into a virtual wedding ceremony with the public invited to attend the wedding of New Zealanders Dan Thurston and Thomas Crow through virtual reality (VR) goggles.
On the eve of New Zealand's general election Dan Thurston, The Opportunities Party candidate running for the Mt Albert seat, married Thomas Crow in Ponsonby.
The couple were approached by an Australian company J. Walter Thompson (JWT), which wanted to film the wedding in VR so people in Sydney could experience what it's like to attend a same-sex wedding.
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JWT partnered with Luscious Production to host the "Virtual Equality" event.
A spokesperson in Australia Natasha Sudrich said the wedding had an "overwhelming response".
"We had joy, laughter and tears with people of all ages lining up for the chance to experience something so beautifully simply, that frustratingly can't happen here in real life," Sudrich said.
Australian Green MP Jenny Leong said it was "bizarre" Australians could experience a same sex wedding only through virtual reality.
"Especially in Sydney where we fly the rainbow flag so bright," Leong said.
"Love is personal but should be inclusive of everyone and this is why we need to change the ban on same sex marriage."
The film would be released on social media along with a documentary showcasing the reactions of people watching the video.
Thurston said he was surprised how he felt "more complete and peaceful" about the marriage because it legal.
"I hope that, in seeing us as a positive model for marriage, Australians can see that marriage equality is a no-brainer, and that any debate about such basic human rights is dumb."
Crow said knowing people in Sydney would be watching their wedding was a bit "weird".
"The whole idea feels like we've stepped into Inception," he said.
The pair were hoping to pick up a VR headset and watch the wedding together.