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NZ stages first Pastafarian wedding

BBC News BBC News 16/04/2016
Karen Martyn from the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (16 April 2016) © Getty Images Karen Martyn from the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (16 April 2016)

The light-hearted Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has staged its first legally recognised wedding.

Toby Ricketts and Marianna Fenn tied the "noodle knot" in the New Zealand South Island town of Akaroa.

The happy couple say that guidelines of the Pastafarian religion stipulate that wedding celebrants must be pirates.

Members of the church profess the belief that the world was created by an airborne spaghetti and meatballs-based being and humans evolved from pirates.

New Zealand officials last month designated the religion as an officially-recognised faith, allowing Wellington-based Pastafarian Karen Martyn the legal right to conduct marriages.

She carried out her inaugural wedding as an ordained "ministeroni" on Saturday.

More weddings are planned, she said, including same-sex unions that were legalised in New Zealand in 2013.

"I've had people from Russia, from Germany, from Denmark, from all over contacting me and wanting me to marry them in the church because of our non-discriminatory philosophy," she said.

"We will marry any consenting legal adults who meet the legal requirement."

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