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New Zealand: Equal marriage passes critical second vote

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  1. This is great news for New Zealand. I watched this live, online and felt emotional watching the result.

    I really hope that the same will be happening here in the UK before too long?

  2. Robert in S. Kensington 14 Mar 2013, 11:43am

    Wonderful news, New Zealand, well done. Amazing how fast it’s introducing equal marriage while we languish and subjected to the most gruelling scrutiny in committee hearings and have to go through the same process in the Lords where its fate is uncertain while the hate-filled vitriole coming from the opposition including some MPs continues and will manifest itself on March 24th with a demonstration in Trafalgar Square, emboldening them even more, the very thing Ann Widdecombe urged the hate mongers to do. Why should we have to put up with this vile crap?

  3. bobbleobble 14 Mar 2013, 11:52am

    Looks like New Zealand will be country number 12 with France and probably Uruguay coming in at 13 and 14. 3 new countries accepting SSM in the first half of 2013 can’t be bad! Hopefully we won’t be too far behind.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 14 Mar 2013, 1:06pm

      Yes! France I believe will be number 12 on April 2 when the final vote comes and expected to pass into law. New Zealand I presume will be number 13. I’m not so hopeful about our own after tuning into the rigorous and gruelling committee hearings. It has to go through the same process in the Lords where the outcome is uncertain as the hatemongers are now more emboldened to bombard them with hate mail urging them to oppose it. There are a lot of old diehard Tories and pre 1967 Labour bigots sitting there as well as 26 clerics to contend with. Would Maria Miller have the courage and get substantial support to actually invoke the Parliament Act should it come to that?

      1. bobbleobble 14 Mar 2013, 1:58pm

        Uruguay’s senate will likely vote in April too so April could be a great month!

        Who knows what will happen in the Lords but I can’t see how Cameron and Miller can avoid using the Parliament Act if the Lords rejects the bill, especially given the overwhelming result obtained by the second reading in the HoC. If they refuse then it simply makes all their statements about it being the right thing to do sound hollow and insincere. The Lords doesn’t have the right of veto over legislation so if Cameron et al time it right then the Parliament Act should be usable and SSM can be law here although it won’t be until 2014.

        1. France in the French Senate will vote on SSM in April as well!!!!!

  4. As a German, where 75% of the population support equal rights for gay couples, I feel embarrassed for my government.
    Which number will we get on the list? The 30th?

    1. spinner1906 14 Mar 2013, 1:27pm

      Then stop whinging and do something about it!

    2. bobbleobble 14 Mar 2013, 2:29pm

      You’ll need to get rid of Merkel before any movement can be made in your country. Aren’t the SPD promising to bring in SSM if they’re elected?

  5. Brett Gibson 14 Mar 2013, 1:01pm

    Could on the Kiwis. Maybe they can convince their neighbour to do the same!!!

    1. Brett Gibson 14 Mar 2013, 1:01pm

      Good* Sorry I’m ill.

      1. Spinner1906 14 Mar 2013, 1:25pm

        “I’m sorry I have a cold” -LOL

  6. Well done, New Zealand! And to think that in the current Pink Humanist magazine some English writer has described New Zealand as being a nation with little sense of duty and responsibility! I don’t think that can be right.

  7. Alex in NZ 15 Mar 2013, 9:08am

    Correction for you. Colin Craig has never been an MP, his Conservative Party of New Zealand has yet to get enough vote for a seat in the house

  8. Gay Activist Paul Mitchell 16 Mar 2013, 7:40am

    Congratulations New Zealand in passing the SSM to the second reading!

    Now the Committee of the Whole stage (just a formality to re-check the clauses of the bill) and finally the third reading!

    There is no Senate in New Zealand – so the third reading of the SSM Bill should pass sometime in April or May and get Assent in June and the SSM law becomes effective from 1 August, 2013!

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