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Best hetero mates’ plan to get married in NZ has the internet all fired up
Sep11

Best hetero mates’ plan to get married in NZ has the internet all fired up

CREATED ON // Thursday, 11 September 2014

A plan by two heterosexual best mates to get married in New Zealand in order to win a radio competition has elicited mixed reactions on social media. 

Travis McIntosh, 23, and Matt McCormick, 24, are to be married tomorrow in Auckland after being selected as the finalist in a competition run by NZ radio station, The Edge.

They were chosen from three bromance couples as the frontrunner for an all expenses paid trip to the 2015 Rugby World Cup in Britain.

In order to claim the prize, the selected duo must get hitched in a same-sex marriage.

A celebrant will officiate the wedding in front of 60 family and friends and it will be streamed live on the radio station.

“We are not here to insult anyone,” McIntosh, an university engineering student told the NZ Herald.

“We are here to do our own thing and travel our own path.

“It’s just seeing how far two good mates would go to win a trip to the Rugby World Cup.”

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Straight mates Travis McIntosh (left) and Matt McCormick are to be married as part of a radio competition. Photo: MediaWorks

Mcintosh said the marriage with his best friend McCormick, who he met when he was 6-years-old, would last two years.

Gay rights groups in New Zealand have condemned the wedding, saying it trivialises a hard-fought battle for equality.

On social media, however, the reaction has been mixed.

Some have blasted the pair, saying they are mocking the institution of marriage.

Interestingly, many others have brushed off the stunt, saying ‘marriage equality’ applies to all.

What do you think? Are the men trivialising a hard-fought battle for equality or are they just exercising their right to be married to the same sex? Let us know in the comments below.

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Comments (5)

  • Dale Napier

    12 September 2014 at 10:45 |
    As much as I agree that it trivialises straight marriage more than it does gay marriage, it still makes a mock of the legitimate cases for marriage equality, and will provide fodder for the crazy traditionalists... if only by association:

    "Look at these two men getting gay-married because it's now legal, proof that gay-marriage devalues traditional marriage!"

    This, despite the fact a gay and lesbian can get 'straight-married' in a legal setting without much proof of relationship or intention for kids... or that there's competitions on TV for strangers to get married.

    It also REEKS of subliminal homophobia from a male marketing team: "Ok we need something extreme for the winners to do, let's make these guys get MARRIED, how gross is that! They'll hate that! How awkward! Yeah good work Brodie!"

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  • Barrie

    12 September 2014 at 10:07 |
    "Gay rights groups in New Zealand have condemned the wedding, saying it trivialises a hard-fought battle for equality."

    Just as conservatives and religions say same-sex marriage trivialises a long-standing institution. In that sense we've reached a level of equality.

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  • Aaron Deane

    12 September 2014 at 03:00 |
    This doesn't offend gay marriage; if anything it offends straight marriage - and helps to break open the stigma around the institution.

    We have fought hard so that love between two people can be celebrated and they can make a commitment to each other - I'd say these two guys are doing just that, and I daresay they've known each other longer and better than most happy couples :)

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  • Derek Williams

    11 September 2014 at 21:04 |
    If anything, just like "gay for pay", this "marriage of inconvenience" shows how normalised marriage to the same sex has has already become, and how non-threatening gay people of all colours are.

    This dare is all in the spirit of fun, and won't 'spread' to other heterosexual males who after all are only interested in marrying the opposite sex. After the brouhaha is over, these two will divorce in due course.

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  • David

    11 September 2014 at 19:25 |
    There only marrying each other because no women wants anything to do with them.

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