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Coffey and partner planning marriage 'upgrade'

Sat 19 Oct 2013 In: New Zealand Daily News View at NDHA

Tim and Tamati will 'upgrade' to a full marriage Tamati Coffey is among the numerous gay New Zealanders planning to 'upgrade' from a civil union to a marriage. The New Zealand's Got Talent host has appeared on the back page of today's Weekend Herald in a Michelle Hewitson interview. He shares how his partner Tim proposed the very minute after the Marriage Amendment Act was passed, as they streamed the reading on Tim's mum's laptop in England while drinking a bottle of Veuve. Coffey tells Hewitson he wants to be married, like everybody else. "Because my parents are married and my sister's married and all of my family get married. Why can't I?" The couple will not have a major event, after already celebrating a glamorous civil union - something Coffey says he never thought he would be able to have. "I honestly never thought that, being gay, I'd ever be able to do anything like that. I thought I might be able to have some airy-fairy commitment ceremony on a beach somewhere, with some flowers and that would be my lot. So when the civil union came in, that made me feel that I might get the day." The TV favourite also talks about how he met Tim at K' Rd's Family Bar one night while he was working on kids' show What Now. Tim had just arrived from England, was breaking up with his short-term boyfriend, and didn't know who he was. Other details Coffey spills are that his first crush was on Jethro in the Beverly Hillbillies, he fobbed off Gok Wan and his infamous crush as "I love my boy," and that his 'gay trait' is folding things. Read the full piece here    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Saturday, 19th October 2013 - 7:10pm

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