New Zealand passes gay marriage bill

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New Zealand parliament has voted to make same-sex marriage legal.


MPs and those in the public gallery broke into applause and cheered as it was announced the vote passed with 77 votes  to 44.

They then broke into song. After a two-hour debate, MPs were able to have their say on the Marriage Equality Bill.

MPs from both sides of the House lined up to hug the bill's sponsor, Louisa Wall.

She, National MP Tau Henare and Green MP Kevin Hague were presented with flowers.

Those opposed to the bill quietly left the public gallery.

During the two hour debate before the vote, many members had to share their speaking slots with others, so most could have their say.

Among the highlights was Green MP Mojo Mathers, who received a rousing applause, after she told the house how her daughter went to her first formal with her girlfriend last year.


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12 COMMENTS

  1. Well done NZ.
    What I do find sad is that there is such an emotional response in the 21st century to citizens being considered equal in the eyes of the law. It should be matter of fact normality but seems to be a hard thing to achieve because that’s not how things were done 2,000 years ago.

  2. Hopefully these wonderful stories of the triumph of human rights spread virally and allow people to see the kind of world we COULD live in if equality and fairness were actually the law of the land.

  3. We are all equal in the eyes of god ….
    except those we don’t understand and those who talk to a different god. Oh and those that disagree with us, and those who have different sexual likes.. .. errm, also those without a penis, those on the land we told ourselves god gave to us, children if they split on us to the police ….. ermmmmm … the ones without beards, the ones with foreskins, most scientists, meat eaters (barbaric slaughter excepted), the mentally ill, the physically deformed, doctors, apostates, cartoonists ….

    But apart from that, we’re all equal in the eyes of god right?

  4. How about that, some of their citizens torture and murder witches but they can pass this kind of legislation before us! On the other hand, we don’t burn witches any more so maybe it’s a fair trade?

    • In reply to #5 by whiteraven:

      How about that, some of their citizens torture and murder witches but they can pass this kind of legislation before us! On the other hand, we don’t burn witches any more so maybe it’s a fair trade?

      LOL. I think you are confusing New Zealand with Papua New Guinea. They are very different places!!! In fact, just about the only thing they have in common is the word ‘new’ . But then so does New York and I don’t think they murder witches there either. Google us, it’s a great country – quite civilized and beautiful.

      I’m proud to be a Kiwi this morning and in our family we are looking forward to celebrating our gay daughter’s wedding.

  5. What is the matter with the Australians? They are stuck in a macho-male image thing. It may even be traceable all the way back its history as a prison colony. They would have had a lot of homosexuality simultaneously with homophobia.

    • In reply to #7 by Roedy:

      What is the matter with the Australians? They are stuck in a macho-male image thing. It may even be traceable all the way back its history as a prison colony. They would have had a lot of homosexuality simultaneously with homophobia.

      Well We have 2 major parties holding effectively equal portions of 96% of parliament.

      One of these parties is conservative, allows for block voting only an is lead by a staunch catholic, one time priest candidate who had so much sex while studying to be a priest, voluntarily accepted paternity of a claimant. So large amounts of firmly hypocritical religiosity on that 48% of the seats in parliament.

      The other party led by a non married, confirmed atheist with several highly ranked homosexual ministers of government has decided to deny Homosexual marriage out of fear of losing votes for this years election. The party obviously believes the Homosexuals aren’t going to vote for the other side, so they are safe even with the insult.

      It is definitely politics overruling society on this issue. The Labor party has made some things easier for the LGBT community but won’t go the whole way unless they had a fair majority in parliament. On the specific issue polling indicates a 66-70% acceptance that is moving 2+% per year in favour.

  6. This is fantastic! Huzzah New Zealand! Another reason to visit this wonderful country.

    I second currerbell in that NZ does not burn witches, it is a prime example of equality and civil rights for all. I cannot speak for New Guinea, however.

  7. Some of the opponents were bleating “if it were a secret ballot, it would never get through”.

    I think, if it were secret, there would be even more in favour. Although 77 – 44 is a pretty decisive win.

  8. Others have already made comments to the effect that NZ just got even more beautiful … so so so true .
    oh , surprise surprise , a “christian lobby” group trying to dictate the laws of a democratic nation . They seem to forget (yet again / and conveniently ) that belief in god and all the crap that goes with it, is optional , in civilised western nations , so why should they have any voice in dictating public policy that effects individuals who are not followers of their particular brand of lunacy . Australia unfortunately is not fortunate enough to have such political vision / courage as NZ , and we have a very active christian lobby group which has an inflated opinion of its importance , even though 22.6 % of the population said they have no religion ,( in our last census ) , they still have no problem trying to inflict their archaic world view on free thinking individuals who are not part of their moronic mindset

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