New Zealand passes first vote to legalize same-sex marriage

Equality for all posterBY MALISSA ROGERS

Lawmakers in New Zealand passed the first vote on Wednesday in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage; a move inspired by President Obama’s support of the issue. If passed into law they will be the twelfth country in the world to recognize gay marriage.

“If I’m really honest, I think the catalyst was around Obama’s announcement, and then obviously our prime minister came out very early in support, as did the leader of my party, David Shearer,” Louisa Wall, a lawmaker with the Labour Party, told The Associated Press. “The timing was right.”


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