Dear New Zealand, YOU ROCK!!!
The land of the kiwis just became one of our new favorite places on the planet as it is set to become the latest country to legalize same-sex marriage!
Hundreds of supporters gathered in screening rooms to watch and celebrate as the historic Marriage Equality Bill was passed with 77 votes to 44!
Labour MP Louisa Wall (pictured above) was
one of THE key figure behind the bill and had a short but sweet message after the HUGE victory:
“In our society the meaning of marriage is universal - it's a declaration of love and commitment to a special person.”
As always, there were still people who opposed the legalization of same-sex marriage, but Customs Minister Maurice Williamson told the haters to chill out, saying:
“I give a promise to those people who are opposed to this bill right now… the sun will still rise tomorrow, your teenage daughter will still argue back with you as if she knows everything, your mortgage will not grow, you will not have skin disease or rashes or toads in your bed. So don’t make this into a big deal, this is fantastic for the people if affects but for most of us life will go on.”
Ha! We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!
Although the bill passed on a vote, it is not expected to go into effect as law until August, but that didn't stop supporters from taking to the streets and partying!
This comes just DAYS after the news of Uruguay approving a similar measure of their own, and once the Uruguayan president signs off on the bill, they and New Zealand will become the twelfth and thirteenth countries respectively to legalize same-sex marriage!
This is a HUGE step in the right direction, and hopefully other countries will begin to follow suit in the near future!
Way to go, New Zealand!
[Image via Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images.]
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