Congratulations New Zealand! You’re the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to legalise same-sex marriage and the 13th country in the world to pass marriage equality legislation.
You have officially kicked Australia’s arse on this one. Major props.
According to ABC.net.au:
The bill, which passed 77 votes to 44, redefines marriage as a union between two people, rather than a man and woman.
National Party prime minister John Key backed the legislation, which was introduced by Labour MP Louisa Wall. Ms Hall says the law change has widespread public support, particularly among young people.She says it shows just how far public opinion has come in New Zealand.
In total, leaders of seven of the country’s eight political parties supported the change.
It is due to take effect within four months, which means gay couples will be able to legally wed in New Zealand as early as August.
The law change would also open the door for married gay couples to adopt children.