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New Zealand Legalises Same Sex Marriage

New Zealand has become the thirteenth country in the world – and the first in the Asia Pacific region – to pass a bill legalising same sex  marriage. Their parliament voted 77 in favour, and 44 against the bill.

This is one of the last steps needed to pass a law; the final step, in which the governor-general gives his consent, is usually a given. The law is expected to be brought in to force within the next four months. The move comes a week after Uruguay approved a measure to legalise same sex marriage, and merely days after our Constitutional Convention here in Ireland voted in favour of recommending that the Oireachtas hold a referendum on the issue. Continue reading