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 marriage act, despite opposition from Christian lobby groups. 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.
NZ legalises same-sex marriage
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By serkan , 8 hours ago in Gay Rights. Gay marriages, often also referred to as same-sex marriages, have been a contentious issue all over the world, especially in countries, where both the debate and debaters are to interact at a very public forum. If we consider the biological debate, the arguments from each side are not unexpectedly novel or unique. The male and female species are anatomically designed to interact physically in harmony to lead to the creation of human off-springs.
New Zealand legalises gay marriage
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