New Zealand legalises same-sex marriage
by Scott Roberts, 17 April 2013, 11:06am
The Parliament of New Zealand has passed a bill allowing same-sex couples to marry.
On Wednesday, MPs voted in support of New Zealand’s Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill – with a majority of 33.
Seventy seven MPs voted in favour - 44 voted against.
The bill introduces equal marriage for all regardless of sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.
It will now go for royal assent (a formality) before coming into effect within four months of royal assent.
New Zealand is the 13th country in the world to legalise equal marriage.
It is legal in the following countries: Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Uruguay.
Uruguay was the most recent country to introduce the measure this month.
New Zealand has become the second Commonwealth realm, with Elizabeth II as its reigning constitutional monarch, to legalise equal marriage, as Canada legalised equal marriage in 2005.
Before today’s vote, New Zealand Labour MP Louisa Wall, who introduced the legislation, said that the time is right for change.
“Marginalising and discriminating against particular sectors do not benefit society and families,” she said.
“It is a simple choice; do we support discriminatory laws or not? I know I don’t and hopefully that is true of most of the members of this house.”
Yes, this was already posted in the "What country will be next for gay marriage thread", and probably didn't need a duplicate thread of its own...
Too bad you don't still live there Sean.
Progressives in the Labor Party of Australia need to either push Gilliard to support same-sex marriage by giving her an ultimatum or threaten to dump her for a PM who will.
I wonder if the Pony Prancers will be hoping that all the LOTR guys will marry each other in New Zealand
People can start whatever thread they like shitstain [R2]. Nobody told you to click on it, cornhole.
The LOTR guys can not marry each other. None of them are New Zealand citizens.
Dominic Monaghan can not marry Elijah Wood, because Dominic is German and Germany strictly bans any gay equality. There was even a time when Germany used to round up gays, en mass, and murder them in concentrations camps.
Monaghan is British, not German, R7. Do keep up.
NZ lawmaker Maurice Williamson gives a spectacular speech in the first video at link.
That's the beginning of the end for New Zealand. Soon they will sink into the sea for embracing sin.
Lush Rimjob, Conservative Radio Host
"Monaghan was born in Berlin, Germany, to British parents: Maureen, a nurse, and Austin Monaghan, a science teacher. He has an elder brother called Matthew who is the lead singer of the indie band Radiosepia. Monaghan's family lived in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart and Münster, moving about every four years. When he was about 11 years old, his family moved from Germany to Heaton Moor in Stockport, England."
But do continue to make a fool of yourself on DL R9.....
Gillard is on the LGBT communities danger list with Angela Merkel and Ann Coulter.
R12 being born in Germany while his parents worked there doesn't make him German, just like US army brats are American not the nationality of wherever their parents were stationed. If the parents were British and he was brought up in Britain then he's a British.
I was born in Spain while my parents were on holiday, doesn't make me Spanish. If I was I'd manage to get a better tan.
OP, same sex marriage is legal in Scotland as well. The rest of the UK has their own rules but Scotland recognises gay marriage with all the same rights as heterosexual marriage.
Small stakes in a country where more men fuck sheep than other men.
Good for them!
Well I'll be... gays in New Zealand! Who knew!
A mroe advanced country than yours R16
Meanwhile, France is about to have civil war over this
France is not having a civil war about equal marriage. The majority of the population supports it.
What is happening in France, is the anti-gay forces are publicly proving themselves to be violent and terrorist like, which the gay community has known all along. Nice to see the rest of France see this too.
Does this mean I can finally marry The Amazing Race's Phil Keoghan?