New Zealand Not Offended By Ad Depicting Pope Marrying Gay Couple, The Vatican However...

Queerty
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January 9, 2013
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New Zealand’s Advertising Standards Authority has dismissed complaints against an ad depicting Pope Benedict XVI blessing a male couple at the altar, deeming it unlikely to cause widespread offense. The ad is part of a new campaign by electric company Powershop, featuring the slogan “Same Power, Different Attitude.” Four-and-a-half story billboards went up in Auckland and Wellington, leading to four complaints to the ASA that the ad mocked Catholicism.

The ad is part of a campaign by a New Zealand power company that has run controversial ads in the past. The company says that the ad is intended to create debate around a marriage equality bill currently in New Zealand's Parliament.