Politicians and gallery sing after same-sex marriage was approved in New Zealand
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The moment same-sex marriage became legal in New Zealand

New Zealand's parliament has legalised same-sex marriage, the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to do so.

Lawmakers approved the bill, amending the 1955 marriage act, despite opposition from Christian lobby groups.

The bill was passed with a wide majority, with 77 votes in favour and 44 against.

The public gallery erupted into song, after Deputy Speaker Lindsay Tisch, announced the same-sex marriage bill had been passed.

Louisa Wall, Opposition Labour MP and bill sponsor is seen jubilant in a rainbow-striped jacket.

  • 17 Apr 2013
  • From the section Asia
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