Singing in parliament as New Zealand legalises same-sex marriage

New Zealand passed a bill allow­ing legal same-sex mar­riage Wednes­day, prompt­ing a jubi­lant cel­e­bra­tion in the House of Representatives.

The bill passed with 77 in favour and 44 against, mak­ing New Zealand the first coun­try in the Asia-Pacif­ic region to legal­ize same-sex mar­riage, reports BBC News.

As the speak­er read out the votes, not­ing that the bill had passed, spec­ta­tors watch­ing in gallery start­ed singing the New Zealand love song ‘œPokarekare Ana.‘ Below, MPs hugged Louisa Wall, who spon­sored the bill.


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