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Awesome! New Zealand’s Parliament Celebrates Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage Through Song (VIDEO)

New Zealand same-sex marriage

New Zealand is the 13th country to legalize same-sex marriage

With 77 people voting for it and 44 against it, same-sex marriage just became legal in New Zealand. They are the first nation in the Asia-Pacific region to recognize more than just heterosexual unions, according to Macleans (via the BBC), and the 13th country overall to do so.

The bill was an amendment to New Zealand’s 1955 marriage act. Previously, gay couples had been allowed to engage in civil unions, but now they’re afforded all the same legal rights as married couples, including the ability to adopt children.

“In our society, the meaning of marriage is universal,” said Louisa Wall, who introduced the legislation in the House. “It’s a declaration of love and commitment to a special person. Historically and culturally, marriage is about man and a woman. Nothing could make me more proud to be a New Zealander than passing this bill.”

She wasn’t alone in her joy. When the vote was finalized, just clapping wasn’t enough for the bill’s supporters, who broke out singing the New Zealand love song, “Pokarekare Ana.”

Take a look at their chorus:

Video credit: inthehouseNZ/YouTube

Photo credit: iStockphoto

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