The bill, by which New Zealand will be able to enter the list of states where same-sex marriage legalized, will be accepted. Do not doubt its initiator and political observers: the document was supported by the overwhelming majority of MPs in the second reading. 77 legislators voted "yes" and only 44 were "no."
The third reading is nothing more than a formality and can be held in April.
According to the Associated Press, the special public gallery in a parliamentary meeting room has gathered a lot of viewers who watched the vote. "I'm very excited - I'm excited as this youth," - said the author of the bill Louise Wall (Louisa Wall), a representative of the Labour Party, on the grounds that the public were present in most of them young people. Their number is estimated at two hundred journalists. "A fantastic result!" - Sums up Wall vote.
Louise Wall itself is an open lesbian. She had previously claimed that the statement of U.S. President Barack Obama in favor of marriage equality will effect not only on America, but also in other countries, and give a kind of acceleration of the New Zealand Bill.
"Marriage - a term that refers to the community as a whole and requires the participation of the whole society - said Wall colleagues before the vote. - The role of the state is that it provides evidence of marriage to two people who love each other and want to formalize the relationship. This is the purpose of this bill. "
Earlier, Prime Minister of New Zealand John Key (John Key) promised to support the bill on marriage equality, saying he does not understand how gay marriage could threaten his own heterosexual marriage.