The Straits Times
Published on Dec 01, 2012

Hobbit star Ian McKellen hopes for gay marriage in Middle Earth


WELLINGTON (AFP) - Hobbit star and gay-rights advocate Ian McKellen has expressed hopes of being able to get married in New Zealand.

In a video message to a marriage equality conference in Wellington, where parliament is considering whether to legalise same-sex marriage, McKellen said he supported the "exciting prospect".

"I hope that by the time I get back to Middle Earth I might even be able to get married," he said in the message reported Saturday on the website.

McKellen, who has spent considerable time in New Zealand playing the role of Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, referred to the country as his "spiritual home" in the video recorded in London.