15th Country to Allow Same-sex Marriage
On Monday, August 19, 2013, New Zealand became the thirteenth country to welcome same-sex marriage. Some newlyweds, estimated at three dozen, took advantage of the new law such as Rachel Briscoe and Jess Ivess as well as Richard Rawstorm and Richard Andrew in Rotorua, New Zealand. As promised, the Modern Family star was present at the marriage of Lynley Bendall and Ally Wanikau for the first gay wedding in New Zealand..
Married at 39,000 Feet
Activist Ferguson, with his new husband laywerJustin Mikita, who were married in New York City last month, attended the wedding aboard Air New Zealand, “What an unforgettable way to mark the new law and “a great celebration of New Zealand’s diversity!” exclaimed Chief People Officer Lorraine Murphy. The flight went from Queenstown to Auckland and carried family, friends, and their three foster children. of Bendall and Wanikau. Together for thirteen years, the couple, both childcare workers, were married by celebrant Kim Jewell Elliott. Following the ceremony, an unexpected choir performed the traditonal “Pokarekare Ana,” a love song that was sung last April when the New Zealand Parliament marriage equality law was passed. Commented the airborne couple, “to be married at 30,000 feet beneath strings of fairy lights with our children, friends and family as witnesses makes an already memorable day that much more special. It was surreal to have Jesse play a part in the ceremony too – we’re big fans of “Modern Family.”
Reasoning Behind Marriage En Flight
Bendall and Wanikau won a promotion by national carrier Air New Zealand. In the winning video of the competition, their foster children held handwritten signs saying why their parents should get married on a plane. One read “Wow!! Imagine that for news at school!”
Why Ferguson and Mikita Were Attendees
Although not bosom buddies with the lesbian couple, Ferguson, who advocates for marriage equality through his appearances and tietheknot. organization that raises money for same-sex marriage, “was present to bring some attention to this great day.” Ferguson said that with gay marriage not legally recognized in thirty-seven U.S. states,” there is plenty of work to do there to change attitudes. “Modern Family,” which normalizes homosexuality,” is a great way to sneak into a lot of living rooms with no agenda.”
Nearby Australia does not have legalized same-sex marriage, but a measure to do is expected soon. The U.S. Ambassador to Australia, John Berry, recently married to Curtis Yee, is openly gay.