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NZ couple gets engaged in New York

Fri 19 Apr 2013 In: New Zealand Daily News

Smith and Baker show off their typically over the top rings Well-known Auckland couple Jonathan Smith and Kevin Baker are engaged after a romantic proposal in New York’s Central Park. The pair, perhaps best known for their alter-egos Buffy and Bimbo, were cycling around the park when they stopped at a blossom tree and Smith popped the questions. “He said yes,” Smith says. “And he proposed to me and I said yes. A special day.” The rings were over the top and came from Buffy and Bimbo’s collection. Aside from their drag personas Buffy and Bimbo, the couple brought us the pageant Queen of the Whole Universe and were integral in the Auckland Pride Parade, which Smith was the coordinator of. They have also been heavily involved in HIV/AIDS work and fundraising. They will get married in October at gay-friendly church St-Matthew-in-the-City. Proposals have been flying since Wednesday night, with reader Roy Bright among those reporting “My partner proposed, I said yes!” On the other hand, Ralph Jaeger has been engaged since last February. "I had a ring designed and made especially for him. WE decided to wait for full marriage equality." Scott Kidd proposed to his partner two years ago in Sydney, where they live, "expecting at the time that Aussie would change its laws now after the longest engagement ever we're starting the wedding plans...Kiwi style!" Others like Nate Moss-Penman say they are “Still waiting for a ring on it. Lol.” If you want to share your proposal story or wedding plans, drop us a line at    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Friday, 19th April 2013 - 10:23am

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