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