New Zealand parliament breaks into song as gay marriage is legalized (must-see video)

Gay marriage was legalized last night in New Zealand with a historic vote in the parliament, and a song.

Right after the official tally was announced, the crowd of onlookers, joined by numerous members of Parliament, broke into song, singing “Pokarekare Ana,” a love song in the language of New Zealand’s inidgenous Māori people.

The woman in the rainbow shirt is Louisa Wall, the the sponsor of the marriage equality legislation, and a lesbian lawmaker.

In the rainbow shirt, Louisa Wall, the the sponsor of the marriage equality legislation, and a lesbian lawmaker.

In the rainbow shirt, Louisa Wall, the the sponsor of the marriage equality legislation, and a lesbian lawmaker.

Do watch the video, below, of the entire parliament breaking into song.  I can’t imagine that happening here. (H/t TowleRoad)

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23 Responses to “New Zealand parliament breaks into song as gay marriage is legalized (must-see video)”

  1. fritzrth says:

    The embed didn’t work, but if that’s Maurice Williamson’s speech, “great” doesn’t say enough. Here’s a link that might help. Maurice Williamson

  2. fritzrth says:

    So sad, but I’m so glad that your daughter was happy and living her life to the fullest. My glass is raised as well for her.

  3. lilyannerose says:

    Well, that made me cry.

  4. Chris Miller says:

    To add a small piece of context – on a marae, after all the speeches have been made and a consensus has been reached, it’s customary for the women to get up and sing to underscore the decision that’s been made (or occasionally to undermine it, if they disagree!). It’s a very Māori tradition, which is why it has such meaning here.

  5. Yeah but fun anyway.

  6. dmhlt_66 says:

    And your point is that all people with strabismus are troglodytes?

    Pretty weenie.

  7. FieryLocks says:

    AWESOME! Good on ya Kiwis!

  8. got all verklemt watching this!

  9. Hue-Man says:

    I watched the end of the debate, the voting, and the results on-line (this morning early). The comments and the overall impression were good-natured, with none of the sore loser talk that we’re getting elsewhere including threats of violence and civil disobedience.

  10. This was a great speach by a member of the NZ congress.


  11. Tawwaba Bloch says:

    Thanks for posting this, I wouldn’t have seen it otherwise.

    My daughter lived and died in NZ before she could see this moment. This is a beautiful moment, truly Kiwi in character, and my tears of joy are mixed with unbearable sadness. She first set food there on the day civil unions were passed into law, in 2004 after so many state legislatures in the US passed hateful marriage amendments. Literally these were the headlines she/we first saw. She said, we have truly landed in upside down world! Many legislators had voted no, knowing it would pass, holding out for full marriage. The country won her heart, she lived there for five years, became a licensed veterinarian and met the love of her life, a beautiful Kiwi woman.

    My daughter dreamed of her wedding dress, before marriage equality was even a whisper. At the age of five, she figured out to have a “girl love”, each marry a gay guy to have the wedding, and then the partners cross match…

    She died Ina car accident in 2010.

    Raising a glas, this one is for you, Meada!

  12. karmanot says:

    Have you noticed that both the above mentioned troglodytes have crossed eyes?

  13. emjayay says:

    What’s that behind the chair? Could it be ….sheepskin?

  14. I noticed that too. Very classy.

  15. Drew2u says:

    I love how the chair waited for the song to finish before calling for order, despite explicitly stating at the beginning that all comments, etc. be held. Kudos to that fine gentleman!

  16. Drew2u says:

    Zeb is Frigg, I knew it!

  17. Twain says:

    The Kiwis are so civilized. I really enjoyed visiting there. Good for them.

  18. That’s easy – the ones not clapping!

  19. nicho says:

    We will come to our senses, right after the nation of East Bumfuckistan.

  20. jomicur says:

    Beautiful, just beautiful! If anything similar were to happen here, I’m sure Louie Gohmert, Virginia Foxx and their like would try to disrupt it by shouting Bible verses or some such.

  21. this brings tears to my eyes. if only this were possible in the USA.

  22. Badgerite says:

    Very nice!
    Here’s a question. See if you can pick out the ‘abomination’.

    Samuel Barber – gay composer of Adagio for Strings ( the most popular piece of music written in the 20th century) OR Ted Nugent – musical composition – Wang Tang Putty ( or something like that ) . Vocal right wing nut job and well known Vietnam era draft dodger by literally crapping his pants. A lot..

  23. S1AMER says:

    And New Zealand makes Number 13!

    Anybody care to guess what America’s number will be? Will it even be a two-digit number?

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