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Civil unions come into effect

26 April 2005

Civil Union Bill demonstration, 2004
Civil Union Bill demonstration, 2004 (Alexander Turnbull Library, PADL-000090)

Couples − heterosexual or homosexual − were now able to register their relationship as a civil union.

The change meant that all couples in New Zealand, whether they were married, in a civil union or in a de facto partnership, now had the same legal rights and obligations.

Marriage between two adults of the same sex was legalised in August 2013 by the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act.

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