Thursday, April 18, 2013

New Zealand Legalises Same-Sex Marriage - Parliament Breaks Into Song (Because We're Fabulous)

Hey look people, the sun's coming up! It's not the apocalypse after all!

Last night, on April 17, 2013, New Zealand became the 13th country to legalise gay marriage, and the first to do so in the Asia Pacific region.

"Two-thirds of parliament have endorsed marriage equality," said Louisa Wall, a gay opposition Labour party MP who campaigned in favour of the bill. "It shows that we are building on our human rights as a country."

Possibly the highlight of the 2 hour proceedings was a speech by Green Party MP Mojo Mathers, talking about the "beautiful rainbow thread" that has woven itself through both sides of her family. She talks about her own daughter now finally being able to have the same rights as her sister, and the pride she holds for her gay daughter.

Louisa Wall, you are a legend. Thank you.

Watch New Zealand parliament break into song following the vote.

Australia: Get with the programme.

Family First: Sit on it.

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