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Gay rights in NZ since 1986

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 8/07/2016

GAY RIGHTS IN NEW ZEALAND SINCE 1986

1986: Labour MP Fran Wilde's Homosexual Law Reform bill passes its final reading in parliament, 49 votes to 44

1993: Changes to the Human Rights Act prohibited discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation

1993: Labour MP Chris Carter becomes New Zealand's first openly gay MP

1999: Labour MP Georgina Beyer becomes the world's first transsexual MP

2004: The Civil Union Act allows same-sex and heterosexual couples to enter into a legally recognised union similar to marriage

2013: Labour MP Louisa Wall's Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment bill passes its final reading in parliament, allowing same-sex couples to marry

2016: The 30th anniversary of the Homosexual Law Reform Act is celebrated.

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