NZ Gay Legalization: Now Local Measures Discussed, Parliament Sings

LI activists in NZ say they’re meeting with local groups on the recent gay marriage victory to assure now obsolete measures are removed and matters are fully ratified in an upcoming vote ( several votes are needed) .

3 teams working independently there network with LI on the issues, and hailed the work to increase public safety to now focus on more violence-oriented matters

Parliament burst into song with passage, bringing a new dimension to gay politics, they said.

New Zealand became the 13th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage today after their parliament easily approved an amendment to their 1955 marriage laws. The country is the first in the Asia-Pacific region to allow gays and lesbians to walk down the aisle.

The new law will take effect this August, but same-sex marriage supporters—including those in Parliament—wasted little time beginning the celebration once it became clear that the bill was going to pass. MPs and observers broke into applause and cheers, and then someone started singing, “Pokarekare Ana,” a very popular Maori love song. Most of the others in the room joined in. Watch for yourself (the singing starts at about the 1:15 mark):

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