New Zealand May Approve Gay Marriage on Wednesday

Image via Passport.

Image via Passport.

New Zealand politicians may make history on Wednesday by voting to approve gay and lesbian marriage in the South Pacific island nation. With the bill passing committee stages (77-43) last month, it is likely that there will be little change in the voting pattern when the bill is brought up for a final vote. Green MP Kevin Hague said they had a lot of support from the LGBT community as well as the straight community: “I just feel enormously grateful to them because they have no personal stake in it, they just say this is the right thing to do.” [TVNZ]

When the bill is passed, New Zealand should begin issuing marriage licenses as early as August and become the first nation in the South Pacific with such a law on the books.

Interested in New Zealand as a honeymoon or wedding destination? Check out our coverage from our April issue. 

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