Bless those New Zealanders who have had the courage to do what our political leaders in Australia are yet to come around to. Same-sex marriage will become legal in New Zealand on 19 August 2013.
"A Bill for the legalisation was passed by the New Zealand House of Representatives on 17 April 2013, 77 votes to 44 in its third reading and received Royal Assent
on 19 April 2013, with entry into force 4 months later to allow time
for the Department of Internal Affairs to make the necessary changes for
marriage licensing." Wikipedia
At the news of the 77 to 44 vote win guests in the Gallery of the Parliament burst into applause and then into the beautiful Maori love song Pokarekare Ana. See it here.
I've known and loved this song all my life and still join in with gusto when I hear it played. Though on this occasion I was crying with joy rather than singing.
A real mixed bag
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