LGBT Rights in New Zealand

LGBT Rights In New Zealand

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people have most of the same rights as other people in New Zealand. At present, the remaining exceptions are the right to adopt children as a couple, and the right to marry. However, New Zealand enacted legislation that permitted civil unions in 2005, which allow couples many of the same rights as married couples. This near-equality is a relatively recent development; sex between men was only decriminalised in 1986.

As of September 2012, a private member's bill to legalise same-sex marriage in New Zealand is before Parliament, and is currently at the Select Committee stage.

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