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New Zealand expected to give final approval to equal marriage bill

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  1. Jock S. Trap 16 Apr 2013, 2:41pm

    Excellent but yet another country making Britain look like a backward country.

    Time they got their finger out in our Parliament and got this through!

    1. Christopher 16 Apr 2013, 2:46pm

      I’m just hoping to see Australia come to their senses when they see this.

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 16 Apr 2013, 5:06pm

        I think it will have an impact on Australia, its closest neighbour. Just a question of time.

        Will be interesting to see how the Mail and Telegraph react.

        1. Sadly, probably not. As an NZ Labour voter, I am disgusted at the behaviour of the ALP when it comes to marriage equality.

      2. Yes Christopher I hope so too – yet again our smaller, kinder and tolerant neighbour shows us up when it comes to forward thinking progressiveness – c’mon Australia! How much longer for christ’s sake? It’s getting unbearable – and Tony Abbott looms ever closer – uuuggghh

  2. OMG, it's a slippery slope! 16 Apr 2013, 2:47pm

    What about the children!!

    1. That There Other David 16 Apr 2013, 2:57pm

      New Zealand doesn’t have those. You must be thinking of the hobbits.

    2. OMG, it's a slippery slope! 16 Apr 2013, 3:27pm

      I guess the down votes are from those parts of the world that don’t understand irony, or watch South Park.

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 16 Apr 2013, 5:04pm

        I caught it, OMG, not to worry.

      2. Wasn’t that Helen Lovejoy’s famous quote from The Simpsons?

  3. Go, New Zealand! You’ve led the world on human rights ever since you became the first commonwealth country to give women the vote, so just keep on going! Show the old countries how to do it!

    1. Erm – haven’t a dozen other countries, some of them in the Old World, already made gay marriage possible?!

  4. Amazing – especially in light of the stubborn anti-equality position of their larger neighbour … and the feet-dragging on the UK.

  5. Knowing the Scotland-England-esque relationship between Australia and New Zealand, many advocates will be really hoping that this move will have an impact.

    I personally think it will garner a few more votes in each chamber – both before and after the September election. Evidently though the only real gamechanger will be support pledged from all party leaders.

  6. Robert in S. Kensington 16 Apr 2013, 4:46pm

    Amazing how fast New Zealand has managed to pull this one off. It has the luxury of course of not having an unelected upper chamber, in fact no upper chamber.

    Pay very close attention, Tories in the Commons and Lords. I’ve no doubt in my mind this latest development may swing a few in the Lords to see it safely through by a narrow margin. Who knows, maybe a few more will vote yes in the third and final Commons vote shortly.

  7. DAMN!!! Uruguay became the 12th nation, New Zealand will become the 13th nation to do it tomorrow, and France will be the 14th! ;) GOOD progress. Colombia, Luxembourg, Ireland, UK, Finland, Germany, and Vietnam will follow soon. I hope the PHILIPPINES will achieve FULL EQUALITY within 10 years! Congrats to those countries.

    1. Hah! We’re going to beat France!!!

  8. It’s a package deal. We’ll get adoption reform at the same time. However, the current centre-right National Party (our Tories) are dragging their feet on transgender equality, so that’ll have to be next.

    1. That There Other David 16 Apr 2013, 11:13pm

      Keep up the pressure on that one Craig. It’s essential that nobody gets left behind when the Equality Train pulls out of the station.

  9. Congratulation NZ for the passing of the bill.

    1. bobbleobble 17 Apr 2013, 10:59am

      77 – 44 again. Now awaiting Royal Assent. Depending on how quickly that happens they could actually beat Uruguay to be twelfth since their president has yet to sign the bill!

  10. PeterinSydney 17 Apr 2013, 11:08am

    Well done New Zealand. With Abbott and Gillard Australia will legalize gay marriage after North Korea, Shame on Julia.

  11. Passed third and final reading 77-44 vote again today at 10:16 PM [New Zealand time zone]

    Can the governor-general veto the bill, is that possible????????

    I hope he or she SIGNS the bill and not veto the bill!

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