New Zealand has become the latest country to legalise same-sex marriage.
Thirty-one couples are due to tie the knot following a decision taken by parliament to amend the 1955 marriage act. The amendment was opposed by Christian lobby groups.
The new freedom has prompted hundreds of gay couples from Australia to travel to New Zealand to get hitched, something that pleases the New Zealand tourist board.
Kevin Bowler is from Tourism NZ. He said: “Whether they are the same sex or a different sex actually doesn’t matter. New Zealand is a great place for a honeymoon. We get about 40,000 couples a year here for their honeymoon. They spend millions here. So if that can grow that is great for New Zealand.”
Catholic bishops oppose the move, while Anglican ministers have refused to conduct weddings until a general synod next year.