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Same-sex marriage: Civil unions from Apr 13, 2005 to Aug 18, 2013.
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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LGBT discrimination: Illegal in some contexts from Feb 1, 1994 to now.
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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Same-sex adoption: Married couples only from Aug 19, 2013 to now.
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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Homosexual activity: Legal from Aug 8, 1986 to now.
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: Legal from Aug 19, 2013 to now.
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".