Category Archives: News

  • Marriage of minors bill would give power to courts, not parents, to stop forced marriage

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    Stuff co.nz 15 February 2018 The Human Rights Commission is calling for the marriage of minors to be outlawed in New Zealand. The call for a debate on the age Kiwis should be able to marry...

  • Elderly couples share how they make their relationships work

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    Stuff co.nz 13 February 2018 Family First Comment: Some great quotes in this article from three long-married couples – on Stuff! “They said their dedication to God kept them together. William described their relationship as...

  • NZ’s longest-married couple reveal secret to happiness

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    NewsHub 14 February 2018 Family First Comment: Nice coverage on Newshub As couples across the country celebrate their love on Valentine’s Day, New Zealand’s longest married couple says the secret to their own union is...

  • Almost 83 yrs – NZ’s (& Possible World’s) Longest Married Couple

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    Media Release 14 February 2018 For the third year running, Family First New Zealand has presented an Award for the Longest Married Couple in New Zealand and the New Zealand couple who won the previous...

  • Bermuda abolishes same-sex marriage after legalising it a year ago

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    Stuff co.nz 9 February 2018 Family First Comment: 🎉🎉🎉 A new bill has been signed into law giving domestic partners similar rights as married couples – but without the legal title. In an unusual move,...

  • Teenagers still wedded to idea of marriage

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    The Times 27 January 2018 Family First Comment: And why not? Even young people aspire to the ‘gold standard’ (not perfect, but still miles ahead of the alternatives)….. “Cohabiting parents are also far more likely...

  • Eighty years married: think before you fight, they say

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    NZ Herald 26 January 2018 Family First Comment: Congratulations. A great effort – but not the longest. 2nd! See https://www.familyfirst.org.nz/2017/02/nzs-longest-married-couple-possibly-the-worlds/ Eighty years of marriage is a rare thing, but Lillian Brinsdon says there’s no real...

  • Bermuda abolishes same-sex marriage

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    Catholic Herald 11 December 2017 Family First Comment: Perhaps this is as a result of hosting the America’s Cup. We could start a trend! 😊 www.ProtectMarriage.nz Just six months after a court ruling overturned the...

  • British woman in lesbian ‘relationship’ with chandelier named Lumiere

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    NewsHub 6 December 2017 Family First Comment: “This isn’t the only famous case of objectophilia, American woman Erika LaBrie ‘married’ the Eiffel Tower in 2007, while Swedish-born Eija-Riitta Berliner-Mauer ‘married’ the Berlin Wall over 30...

  • “Can I kiss myself?” – Of course! Sologamy is Marriage Equality

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    ‘Can I kiss myself?’ – Kiwi officiates as sologamist marries herself on Aussie beach TVNZ One News 30 November 2017 Family First Comment: Once you redefine something once, the possibilities are endless….. #slipperyslope www.ProtectMarriage.nz A...

  • Want to avoid dementia? Get married, research suggests

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    The Telegraph 28 November 2017 Family First Comment: Another good reason to promote marriage Getting married could significantly reduce the chances of developing dementia, a new study suggests. Levels of social interaction may explain the...

  • Religious beliefs mean English midwife faces deportation

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    NewsTalk ZB 28 November 2017 Family First Comment: What the….!!!??? “She married her New Zealand husband Matt a year ago, but because of their religious beliefs they didn’t live together before marriage. Witt told Mike...

  • One day in the not too distant future….

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    NZ MPs welcome Australian marriage equality vote for polygamy / group marriage Press Release: Cross Party Parliamentary Rainbow Network Original media release is HERE – our small amendments underlined The New Zealand Cross Party Rainbow...

  • New study reveals that marriage and decency makes men happy (shock, horror!)

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    The Telegraph 30 October 2017 Family First Comment: “The researchers surveyed over 2,000 men and assigned their answers a positive mindset score of between zero and five. They found that men in a marriage or...

  • Kiwi ‘love coach’ marries hundreds to themselves

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    NZ Herald 16 October 2017 Family First Comment: And why not. Love is love – free to marry the person or persons you love. It’s called Marriage Equality. But sshh – don’t tell anyone, but...

  • At Least Australians Get A Say on Marriage

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    Media Release 16 October 2017 Family First NZ, an advocacy group in New Zealand which led the opposition to redefining marriage, says that the kiwi politicians are wrong when they try to argue that there...

  • Laurie Penny: ‘I’ve been polyamorous for nearly a decade. Here’s how I make it work’

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    NZ Herald 15 October 2017 Family First Comment: Oh look! Yet another column by the mainstream media promoting and normalising polyamory. But hey! Redefining marriage won’t lead to further distortions of the definition. That’s just...

  • Woman gives up on men, marries dog

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    NewsHub 11 October 2017 Family First Comment: Why not? Love is love, eh. A woman from Northern Ireland has married who she calls her “king” – but he’s not the husband most women would have...

  • The ins and outs of marrying yourself

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    NewsHub 6 October 2017 Family First Comment: It’s incredible that we’re even having this discussion!!! Apparently the ‘kicker’ is that you can’t marry a ‘relative’. Say what?? But apparently marrying yourself is not technically covered...

  • ABC- Caught spreading fake news over Same Sex Marriage Debate

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    Daily Telegraph 1 October 2017 Family First Comment: Family First (and the factual experience of NZ since the same-sex marriage law) is quoted extensively in this leading column in Australia today…. “We went and had...