Wednesday, April 17, 2013

New Zealand legalizes same-sex marriage

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Same-sex marriage

And the land of orcses and Hobbitses makes 13:

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.

This comes less than a week since Uruguay became the 12th country to pass LGBT marriage equality, following Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, and Sweden. (Johnny Cash would be proud.) Meanwhile, gay marriage is all but imminent in both France and Britain as well.

Sure sucks to be homophobic these days, don’t it?