New Zealand’s Parliament have passed gay-marriage bill on Wednesday night. With this same-sex marriage has been legalised in New Zealand. New Zealand is the 13th where same-sex marriage is legal. The law will take effect in late August.
Others countries are – Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina and Denmark. In Uruguay this bill has been approved by parliament and President has yet to approve this Bill. Nine states in the US also recognize same-sex marriages, but the federal government has not given its approval.
There was no pressure from Political Parties for voting and they were asked to follow their conscience. Even Prime Minister John Key supported the bill.
“In my view, marriage is a very personal thing between two individuals,” Key said. “And, in the end, this is part of equality in modern-day New Zealand.”