NZ Station Conducts Same Sex Marriage -- Of 2 Straight Men
September 16, 2014 at 12:02 PM (PT)
A radio station in NEW ZEALAND is causing a ruckus by conducting a same-sex marriage -- which has been legal in the country for over a year -- between two "lifelong friends" who aren't gay, but entered the contest to win a a free trip to the RUGBY WORLD CUP next year in the U.K.
CARE2.COM reports that MATT MCCORMICK and TRAVIS MCINTOSH "have been friends since they met playing rugby as young children. As they are not 'in love,' the pair considers the marriage a funny experience, but they have committed to staying together for at least two years."
Gay rights activists aren't thrilled with this turn of events. "'It trivializes what we fought for,' said activist NEILL BALLANTYNE. Fellow activist, JOSEPH HABGOOD, concurred. 'The point of this competition is that men marrying each other is still something that they think is worth having a laugh at.'"
“We are not here to insult anyone,” said groom MCCORMICK. “We are here to do our own thing and travel our own path.” The humor, MCINTOSH argues, comes from “seeing how far two good mates would go to win a trip to the RUGBY WORLD CUP.”.