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LGBT Rights in South Island island

The laws displayed for South Island are the same as New Zealand.
    Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✔ Legal
    Censorship
    ✔ No censorship
    Changing Gender
    ✔ Legal, surgery not required
    Non-binary gender recognition
    ✔ Recognized
    Discrimination
    ✖ Illegal in some contexts
    Employment Discrimination
    ✖ Sexual orientation only
    Housing Discrimination
    ✖ Sexual orientation only
    Adoption
    ✖ Married couples only
    Military
    ✔ Legal
    Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (3-month deferral)
    Conversion Therapy
    ✔ Banned
    Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
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History

Homosexual activity in South Island

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Homosexual activity in South Island is legal.

Current status
Since Aug 8, 1986
Legal
Legalised with the commencement of the Homosexual Law Reform Act 1986, introduced as a bill by former member of Parliament Fran Wilde.
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Same-sex marriage in South Island

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Same-sex marriage in South Island is legal.

Current status
Since Aug 19, 2013
Legal
Law was changed upon the passing of the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act in 2013, which included the amendment under section 5 clarifying the meaning of marriage to "the union of 2 people, regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity".
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Apr 13, 2005–Aug 18, 2013
Civil unions
The Civil Union Act 2004 received Royal assent on 13 December 2004, allowing for same-sex couples to enter civil unions when it commenced on 13 April 2005.
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Until Apr 13, 2005
Not legal
No form of civil unions or same-sex marriage were legal prior to 13 April 2005.
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Censorship of LGBT Issues in South Island

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in South Island is no censorship.

Current status
No censorship
In New Zealand, there are no laws restricting the discussion or promotion of LGBTQ+ topics.
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Right to change legal gender in South Island

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Right to change legal gender in South Island is legal, surgery not required.

A new law will be going into effect soon.
Not yet in effect
Going into effect Jun 15, 2023
Legal, surgery not required
Law was changed under the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Act 2021 which comes into effect on 15 June 2023. This will allow gender self-identification and mean that you will not need to go through the Family Court to change your nominated sex/gender, and you will not require evidence of medical treatment to do so either.
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Current status
Feb 11, 2020–Jun 14, 2023
Legal, surgery not required
Law was changed to allow trans people to apply through the Family Court under section 28 of the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationship Registration Act 1995. Currently through the Family Court, you are required to provide 'supporting evidence' of some form of medical treatment, which does not have to be surgery but may be.
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Jun 1, 2008–Feb 10, 2020
Legal, but requires surgery
Legal
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Jun 1, 2008–Oct 19, 2017
Legal, surgery not required
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in South Island

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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in South Island is recognized.

Current status
Recognized
New Zealand allows an "X" marker on birth certificates and passports.
Sources:
web.archive.org/web/2010111…//www.dia.govt.nz/diawebsite.nsf/Files/GeninfoDeclarationsofFamilyCourt/%24file/GeninfoDeclarationsofFamilyCourt.pdf
nzherald.co.nz/nz/x-marks-t…
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LGBT discrimination in South Island

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LGBT discrimination in South Island is illegal in some contexts.

Current status
Since Feb 1, 1994
Illegal in some contexts
Under section 21 of the Human Rights Act 1993, discrimination against "heterosexual, homosexual, lesbian, or bisexual orientations" is prohibited, with no other sexual orientations being protected. Discrimination protections relating to gender identity and transgender persons are ambiguous but regarded as being protected under the ground of "sex".

Under the Human Rights Act 1993, there are a variety of specific exceptions from discrimination law relating to working in private areas (such as a person's home) and accessing special counselling services (such as counselling dealing with sexual abuse or family violence), among others.
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LGBT employment discrimination in South Island

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LGBT employment discrimination in South Island is sexual orientation only.

Current status
Since Feb 1, 1994
Sexual orientation only
The Human Rights Act 1993 prohibits discrimination in relation to employment and religious grounds, affirmed by section 19 of the NZ Bill of Rights Act 1990, which apply everywhere. However, protections only apply to those of heterosexual, homosexual, lesbian, or bisexual orientations, and currently gender identity is ambiguously regarded as being protected under the ground of sex. That has not been tested yet, and is prone to being interpreted otherwise.
Sources:
Bill of Rights: legislation.govt.nz/act/pub…

Human Rights Act 1993 (See Part 2): legislation.govt.nz/act/pub…

Lack of gender identity protections:
nzlii.org/nz/journals/NZPub…
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LGBT housing discrimination in South Island

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LGBT housing discrimination in South Island is sexual orientation only.

Current status
Since Feb 1, 1994
Sexual orientation only
The Human Rights Act 1993 prohibits discrimination in relation to employment and religious grounds, affirmed by section 19 of the NZ Bill of Rights Act 1990, which apply everywhere. However, protections only apply to those of heterosexual, homosexual, lesbian, or bisexual orientations, and currently gender identity is ambiguously regarded as being protected under the ground of sex. That has not been tested yet, and is prone to being interpreted otherwise.
Sources:
Bill of Rights: legislation.govt.nz/act/pub…

Human Rights Act 1993 (See Part 2): legislation.govt.nz/act/pub…

Lack of gender identity protections:
nzlii.org/nz/journals/NZPub…
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Same-sex adoption in South Island

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Same-sex adoption in South Island is married couples only.

Current status
Since Aug 19, 2013
Married couples only
Only for married couples and individuals. Ambiguous for same sex couples who are unmarried (de facto relationship) or in a civil union.

In 2010, the High Court ruled that "two spouses" in the Adoption Act includes a heterosexual de facto couple in a stable and committed relationship. Later, in 2015 the Family Court decided that "two spouses" also included a same-sex de facto couple—but until there is a ruling from the High Court, other Family Court judges aren't bound to follow this decision, causing ambiguity.
Sources:
gaynz.com/articles/publish/…
Court cases: [2010] NZFLR 629 (HC) – [2015] NZFC 9404
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Serving openly in military in South Island

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Serving openly in military in South Island is legal.

Current status
Since Feb 1, 1994
Legal
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Blood donations by MSMs in South Island

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Blood donations by MSMs in South Island is banned (3-month deferral).

Current status
Since Dec 1, 2020
Banned (3-month deferral)
12 month deferral periods were dropped to 3 months across multiple categories of donor, including MSMs.
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Jan 1, 2014–Nov 30, 2020
Banned (1-year deferral)
After a review, the 5 years deferral was reduced to 12 months deferral.
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Mar 1, 2009–Jan 1, 2014
Banned (5-year deferral)
No specific date in March. NZBS lists March 2009 on the linked page. NZBS performed a review in 2013 and results are expected to be public shortly.
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Conversion therapy in South Island

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Conversion therapy in South Island is banned.

Current status
Since Feb 19, 2022
Banned
With 112 affirmative votes and 8 opposed votes, the Parliament of New Zealand passed the Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation Act, banning conversion therapy on February 15, 2022, which took partial effect on February 19, 2022, with the remaining protections for those over 18 with "decision-making" capacity where "serious harm" has not been caused will take effect on July 19, 2022.
Sources:
Act (as enacted):
legislation.govt.nz/act/pub…

Parliamentary Hansard (vote as recorded; at bottom of page):
parliament.nz/en/pb/hansard…

CNN (media):
cnn.com/2022/02/15/asia/new…
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Equal age of consent in South Island

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Equal age of consent in South Island is equal.

Current status
Since Aug 8, 1986
Equal
Equal age of consent since homosexual (male-and-male) activity was legalised with the commencement of the Homosexual Law Reform Act on 8 August 1986.
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