The New Zealand Parliament voted 77-44 to legalize gay marriage this week. According to New Zealand law, the proposed measure still must receive “royal assent.” but gay marriage is expected to be legal in the country by August, reports The New Zealand Herald.
After the vote, lawmakers sang the New Zealand love song “Pokarekare Ana,” which is about love and marriage (video below).
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"I never would have thought that Parliament would have overwhelming supported it," said lawmaker Louisa Wall. "I think the cross party working group has been incredibly effective, but it also shows we are building on our human rights tradition as a country."
The bill also removes the government requirement that transgender people divorce or change their civil union status before changing their gender identification on their birth certificate. It also allows gay married couples to adopt children, reports FireDogLake.com.