New Zealand Passes Gay Marriage

    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 17:  Celebrations begin at the Caluzzi Bar and Cabaret venue after New Zealand MP's gathered today to vote on the gay marriage bill at Parliament House on April 17, 2013 in Auckland, New Zealand. The Marriage Equality Bill, proposed by Labour MP Louisa Wall, passed the vote, meaning same-sex marriage will soon be legal in New Zealand.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

    Celebrating the passing of a gay marriage bill in Auckland, New Zealand on Wednesday. (Phil Walter/Getty)

    New Zealand became the 13th nation in the world and the first in the Asia-Pacific region to legalize gay marriage after the country’s Parliament approved a bill Monday, voting 77–44. Cheers erupted in the hall as the votes were counted after two hours of debate, which featured one legislator talking about her daughter’s first formal with her girlfriend. “Like countless other young women, she hopes for love, marriage, children and a house with a white picket fence,” Mojo Mathers said to applause. One M.P. who voted against the bill said he had become more open to gay marriage since being elected, but added that “our society is probably more divided than this House is on this issue.”

    First nation in Asia-Pacific region.
    Read it at The Sydney Morning Herald