Category Archives: News

  • Family First goes to court in hopes of regaining charity status

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    Radio NZ News 30 April 2018 Family First Comment: Stand by for report from court 👍 Advocacy group Family First is heading to court today in a bid to retain its charity status. The hearing...

  • Marriage celebrant applicants rejected for refusal to marry same-sex couples

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    Stuff co.nz 27 April 2018 Forty-seven marriage celebrant applications have been rejected in the past two-and-a-half years because the applicants were unwilling to officiate same-sex weddings. The Department of Internal Affairs confirmed last month –...

  • Marriage Celebrants Rejected For Beliefs Despite Assurances

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    Media Release 26 April 2018 Family First NZ says that almost 50 marriage celebrant applicants have had their application rejected in just the past 2½ years simply because they do not want to officiate at same-sex weddings...

  • Brendan McNeill: Christians should be able to express a scriptural view

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    NZ Herald 20 April 2018 Family First Comment: Superb commentary bringing some much needed balance in the media – at last! “The openly homosexual chief executive of Qantas, Alan Joyce, was deeply offended by Folau’s...

  • Polyamory: How does dating multiple partners work?

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    NewsHub 18 April 2018 Family First Comment: Yep – just as we predicted! But it’s ‘marriage equality’. Consenting adults. Love is love. Apparently… www.ProtectMarriage.nz Many will have heard the phrase “threes a crowd”, but for...

  • Qantas staff given list of ‘offensive, gender-inappropriate’ words to avoid

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    NewsHub 5 March 2018 Family First Comment: The new speech police for airline staff – “Try not to say ‘mum’ ‘dad’ ‘husband’ ‘wife’” #TimeToGiveQantasAMiss Qantas employees have been given a list of ‘gender-inappropriate’ words to...

  • One day….

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    ‘If I think about it I’ve had a few’ – Simon Bridges talks political regrets and gay marriage stance TVNZ One News 28 February 2018 Family First Comment: One day (hopefully), a political leader will...

  • 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...