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Straight guys get legally married in New Zealand for rugby tickets

gaywrites:

Marriage equality was legalized in New Zealand last year, making dreams come true for all the loving same-sex couples whose relationships can finally be recognized and honored. And for all the straight bros looking to win tickets to a rugby match. 

A New Zealand radio station, The Edge, launched a contest last month called “Love You Man” in order to “see how far two best male friends would go” to win tickets to next year’s Rugby World Cup. The winners, Travis McIntosh and Matt McCormick, won by getting legally married. 

Alex Greenwich, a member of the Australian Parliament and former leader of the group Australian Marriage Equality, expressed his disapproval to the Sydney Morning Herald.

"It essentially makes a mockery of marriage. Marriage is a really important institution about love and commitment and it’s sad to see that there are people who are making a joke out of that,” he said. “Gay and lesbian people are fighting for the right to marry in Australia and have been fighting for the right in New Zealand, and it’s because they take marriage extremely seriously, and the commitments and responsibilities that come with that. Here are two straight guys making a joke of that, and that’s deeply concerning.”

McIntosh downplayed the backlash, telling the New Zealand Herald: “We are not here to insult anyone. We are here to do our own thing and travel our own path.”

Okay, so these guys are perfectly within their legal right to get married if it’s allowed in their country, but…really? Something we’ve been demanding for decades, and you’re mocking it to win a contest? Really?

enriquemolina:

Here’s a better look at the homestead we’re getting closer and closer to buying. Built in 1755, the stone home has a lot of character. However, I was a little disappointed by them listing it as having 1.5 baths: the .5 is an outhouse, the 8th picture. Gio threatened to make me use it if he gets mad at me but I plan to use it anyway because I know no one else would.

Amazingly, the rent was reduced by 25 percent, which makes it affordable for us. I already pulled what little investments I have for the 1st month’s rent. What’s left is to come to an agreement with the owner about the land, as I do want use of at least some of it for farming purposes, and rent my house.

It’s still going to take some prayer, blessings, and money to pull this off, but it’s way more feasible than when we first entertained the idea.

The nation definitely needs young farmers right now. If you want to support me in this endeavor, I’d be honored. 

UPDATE: in addition to having money for our first month rent here, we have some money to fix up our place to be rented when we move. Still a long way to go, however, I’m hanging in there. Thank you all for your support.

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