Gay and lesbian marriage in New Zealand is looking promising. Yesterday, a Parlimanetry Select Committee recommended that same-sex marriage be passed into law. The committee agreed that the bill be moved forward, but with one stipulation—that no minister is required to marry someone if it goes against his or her beliefs. According to the New Zealand Herald: “The bill’s sponsor, Labour MP Louisa Wall, said the law change was an important milestone towards achieving a fairer, more equal New Zealand. ‘Marriage equality is about fairness and choice. This process has shown that that message has really resonated with New Zealanders and has been echoed overseas with the recent passage of similar legislation in the UK.'” The next reading of the bill will take place on March 13.
Look for our coverage of New Zealand in our April issue of Passport magazine.