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Watch the New Zealand Parliament Break Into Song as Gay Marriage is Legalized: VIDEO


Hundreds of spectators in the gallery of New Zealand's parliament broke into a rendition of the love song “Pokarekare Ana” in the indigenous Maori language after the marriage equality bill was passed today.

Louisa Wall, the bill's lesbian sponsor, is below on the left.

This is what equality sounds like.



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  1. Thanks for the report Andy. Strangely as of this posting the Advocate and Joe My God haven't even reported on this yet.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Apr 17, 2013 8:24:28 AM

  2. Now I love "kiwis" even more! Congrats!!

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Apr 17, 2013 8:25:37 AM

  3. As a young New Zealander, I am very proud of this moment!

    Posted by: Alan | Apr 17, 2013 8:26:15 AM

  4. Stunning.

    Now if you will excuse me, I have something in my eye.

    Posted by: Gus | Apr 17, 2013 8:27:48 AM

  5. I think this is an example of what is known as "civilization."

    Posted by: Jack M | Apr 17, 2013 8:30:31 AM

  6. Congratulations New Zealand. Your beautiful Country is now even more so.

    Posted by: Jay | Apr 17, 2013 8:35:01 AM

  7. Yes they did it like what the Church and NOM always said. They redefined marriage instead of using some ridiculous name like "respect of religion act". Just call apple an apple for a change.

    Posted by: simon | Apr 17, 2013 8:37:44 AM

  8. Terrific! And isn't it France's turn today?

    Posted by: Jeff | Apr 17, 2013 8:38:00 AM

  9. well, that was a little bit of paradise

    Posted by: woody | Apr 17, 2013 8:43:58 AM

  10. well, that was a little bit of paradise

    Posted by: woody | Apr 17, 2013 8:43:59 AM

  11. what a great way to start the day on a very happy note!

    Posted by: Mercedes | Apr 17, 2013 8:44:24 AM

  12. it's like the ending of a movie.

    Posted by: Monrocsol | Apr 17, 2013 8:48:45 AM

  13. Beautiful. Kiwis are wonderful people and they deserve this. Congratulations to My kiwi gay brothers and sisters.

    Posted by: mike hipp | Apr 17, 2013 9:17:57 AM

  14. What was the song about? What do the lyrics mean?

    Posted by: Chris in Irvine | Apr 17, 2013 9:25:58 AM

  15. Wellington is the world's windiest city but this time, it was no hot air. Well done kiwis. Let's all go to NZ right now. Dean

    Posted by: Cd in DC | Apr 17, 2013 9:27:18 AM

  16. That made me cry; I'm so proud of New Zealand right now. Only ever met a handful of "kiwis," was always delighted by them, and am now reminded what wonderful people populate that nation. Wow.

    Posted by: Just_a_guy | Apr 17, 2013 9:28:40 AM

  17. I can only wish that the painfully pinched and closed minded in the US will finally relent and we will have a similarly beautiful result here... imagine being able to sing the Star Spangled Banner in Congress to celebrate true equality here? Here's to that!

    Posted by: CKNJ | Apr 17, 2013 9:41:24 AM

  18. Are you listening SCOTUS?

    Posted by: Clayton | Apr 17, 2013 9:50:11 AM

  19. The Advocate has been slipping in quality and promptness in covering important stories. At present, their cover story is 40 over 40. Luckily we have great sites, such as TowleRoad to pick up the slack!

    Posted by: Sean Kirkpatrick | Apr 17, 2013 9:51:52 AM

  20. @Chris in Irvine
    The song is Pokarekare Ana, a "traditional New Zealand love song" and the nation's unofficial national !

    Posted by: nn | Apr 17, 2013 10:06:31 AM

  21. Song's translation:

    Oh, hurry, hurry home, love,
    hurry back to Rotorua.
    To the mountains and the valleys,
    hurry home to me.

    I know, I know,
    you had to go.
    Please hurry back home, love,
    I miss you so.

    (I don't know the translation of the 2nd verse they sang.)

    Posted by: Mark | Apr 17, 2013 10:09:41 AM

  22. Sing it New Zealand!!!!!

    Posted by: Tom | Apr 17, 2013 10:14:30 AM

  23. Wonderful!

    Posted by: Matt26 | Apr 17, 2013 10:23:37 AM

  24. Incredibly moving! What a glorious day. I love progress.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Apr 17, 2013 10:26:30 AM

  25. How beautiful!! A wonderful celebration.
    I wonder if it helps that the room was not filled with old self-important white men like the US House.... hmmmm?

    Posted by: Craig | Apr 17, 2013 10:31:19 AM

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