Marriage of two straight men for radio competition angers gay rights group Friends Travis McIntosh and Matt McCormick were married at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday to win Rugby World Cup tickets The marriage of two heterosexual New Zealand men as part of a radio show promotion to win tickets to next year’s Rugby World Cup in London has been criticised by gay rights and conservative groups. Travis McIntosh, a 23-year-old engineering student from Otago university, and Matt McCormick, a 24-year-old teacher at Musselburgh school in Dunedin, were married at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday. About 60 family members travelled to Auckland to watch the two best mates marry to win a trip of a lifetime. The marriage was live-streamed by the Edge radio station. “It’s official folks, Travis and Matt have just said ‘I do’! Congrats to the happy couple!” the station tweeted. Neill Ballantyne, the co-ordinator of Otago University Students Association Queer Support, said the wedding was an insult because marriage equality was a hard-fought battle for gay people. Same-sex marriage became legal in New Zealand in 2013. McIntosh said the wedding was not mocking the institution of marriage. “We are not here to insult anyone,” hetold the NZ Herald. “We are here to do our own thing and travel our own path. “It’s just seeing how far two good mates would go to win a trip to the Rugby World Cup.” Family First, a lobby group opposed to same-sex marriage, said the outrage expressed by gay rights groups was ironic. Its national director, Bob McCoskrie, said the change in law was “an arrogant act of cultural vandalism”. “This competition makes a mockery of marriage, but so did the redefining of marriage,” he said. The men met at Pirates rugby club in Dunedin as six-year-olds and have been friends ever since. McIntosh told the Otago Daily Times he thought the marriage would last about two years. Maybe they'll turn though? The comments are grand.