Happy couple mark 10-year anniversary decade after same-sex marriage became legal

Saturday marks 10 years since same-sex marriage became legal in Aotearoa.

In that time more than 4000 couples have tied the knot under the new law. Newshub caught up with one of the first couples who wed on that historic day.

Reflecting on 10 years of happy marriage, Warren Dempsey-Coy and Tony Coy-Dempsey celebrated their wedding anniversary on Saturday -  but also the day same-sex marriage became legal.

"It's taken a long time for me to refer to Warren as my husband because there's still that bigotry," Tony said.

Newshub was there on August 19, 2013 when they said their 'I dos'. It was a day shared by 31 couples across New Zealand.

Since then more than 4100 same-sex couples have married. It's all down to a Bill introduced by Louisa Wall in 2012 and passed into law a year later.

It wasn't without controversy from the no camp and a bit of colour from across the House.

"In the Pakuranga electorate this morning it was pouring with rain. We have the most enormous big gay rainbow across my electorate," then-National MP Maurice Williamson said in Parliament.

The current Prime Minister was one of the 77 lawmakers to vote yes.

"I was really proud to be one of the members of Parliament that voted in favour of same-sex marriage. I think people who love each other should be able to have their relationships recognised," Chris Hipkins said.

A decade on Warren and Tony are still going strong.

"Just be tolerant! No look he's my best mate before anything else," Warren said.

Even though they both forgot their anniversary.

"Flew out before I went to work and got a bunch of a flowers from him," Warren said.

"Ohhh yeah that was a bloody good cover-up," Tony added.

They'll have the chance to make it up to each other in another 10 years.