Aug. 19 - New Zealand's first gay weddings take place take place after the country legalized same-sex marriage. Sarah Toms reports
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Love is in the air...... This New Zealand couple is among the first to tie the knot since a law legalising same sex marriage went into force on Monday. Lynley Bendall and Ally Wanikau exchanged vows on board a flight to Auckland. (UPSOT: You are now married) They weren't the only ones under the spotlight. Trent Kandler and Paul McCarthy, won a contest by the tourism board, inviting a gay Australian couple to wed in New Zealand... the 13th country to allow homosexuals to marry. Same sex marriages are not yet legal in Australia. (SOUNDBITE)(English) TRENT KANDLER, GROOM, LEFT SAYING: "We are both honoured to have been able to come to a country that we respect and that respects us for who we are and respects everyone for who they are and, you know, we are going back to Australia and technically, yes, our marriage wont be recognised but you know what, in the back of our heads we know that New Zealand believes in us and New Zealand is behind us all the way so that's what's really important." MPs' approved the bill by a large majority in April. About 30 gay couples were due to say "I do" on Monday. But it wasn't marital bliss for everyone. Catholic bishops here have opposed the weddings while other denominations have been split.
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