Marriage equality advocates have congratulated the Newcastle couple, Paul McCarthy and Trent Kandler, who have won a Tourism New Zealand competition to be among the first same-sex couples to marry in New Zealand.

Australian Marriage Equality national convener, Rodney Croome said,

“I congratulate Paul and Trent on their impending nuptials but I’m sad they, and the hundreds of other Australian same-sex partners who will fly to New Zealand to tie the knot, can’t yet marry in their own country.”

“Paul and Trent’s wedding will help make marriage equality a key election issue by putting election candidates on alert and by reminding the majoriry of Australians who support marriage equality voters to vote for candidates who support the reform.”

Mr Croome said Paul and Trent’s wedding will also send a message to Australian politicians that there is an economic cost to their failure to allow same-sex couples to marry.

“It has been estimated that same-sex weddings will inject up to $700 million into the Australian economy, but now that money and the jobs it creates are effectively being exported to New Zealand.”

Mr McCarthy has told the Australian media, “as soon as I heard the news that the marriage equality bill was passed I knew I wanted to ask Trent to marry me”.
Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome