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    New Zealand legalises same-sex marriage

    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.
    Hundreds of jubilant gay-rights advocates celebrated outside parliament after the bill was passed, calling it a milestone for equality.
    People watching from the public gallery and some lawmakers immediately broke into song, singing the New Zealand love song "Pokarekare Ana", AP news agency reported.
    Some opinion polls have suggested that about two-thirds of New Zealanders support the reform, although others polls suggest the public are more divided.
    Parliamentarians were allowed a conscience vote, and, crucially, the reform had the backing of both the Prime Minister John Key and leader of the opposition David Shearer, the BBC's Phil Mercer in Sydney reports.
    Celebrations have been held in pubs and clubs in the capital Wellington, our correspondent adds.

    BBC News - New Zealand legalises same-sex marriage

    And the fight for Freedom and Equality strikes yet another victory.

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    Re: New Zealand legalises same-sex marriage

    Great news!
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    Good for New Zealand....but sadly, the United States falls yet further behind many other countries when it comes to Freedom and Personal Liberty.
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