New Zealand Grants Full Marriage Equality to Gays and Lesbians

 

Bill Supporters After Hearing the Announcement. Screen Cap via YouTube.
Bill Supporters After Hearing the Announcement. Screen Cap via YouTube.

As was expected, New Zealand’s parliament voted to allow gays and lesbians to marry. The legislation, which passed Wednesday by a vote of 77-44, is expected to take effect in just four months. When the bill passed on its third reading, the parliament erupted in cheers and song in celebration of this milestone—the island nation is the only country in the Asia-Pacific region to grant full marriage to its gay and lesbian citizens. The bill’s sponsor, Louisa Wall said in a statement: “very proud to be a member of a Parliament that has voted overwhelmingly to give New Zealanders, regardless of their sex, sexual orientation or gender, the right to marry.”

Congrats New Zealand, you’re a small island with a huge, welcoming heart, and we know first hand, we recently covered a few honeymoon/wedding-worthy spots in both the South Island and North Island. Check out our coverage here. 

Video of parliament’s reaction after the jump…

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