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WATCH: New Zealand House Breaks Into Song After Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

Before announcing the verdict that made New Zealand the 13th country in the world (and most awesome in the Asia-Pacific region) to legalize same-sex marriage, members of the New Zealand House and onlookers were asked to “refrain from any comments.”

But nobody said anything about singing!

Shortly after the 77 to 44 vote was announced, onlookers in the gallery raised their voices to recite the lyrics of “Pokarekare Ana,” a famous kiwi love song. One day, when this happens in the United States, we’ll be in the gallery with a boombox ready to start a singalong of our own.

By:           Matthew Tharrett
On:           Apr 17, 2013
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    • MikeE

      this brought tears to my eyes.
      it was incredibly moving.

      Apr 17, 2013 at 2:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Gigi Gee
      Gigi Gee


      Apr 17, 2013 at 2:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kieran

      Let Freedom Ring! If not across America, atleast across New Zealand.

      Apr 17, 2013 at 2:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dionte

      @MikeE: mine too

      Apr 17, 2013 at 3:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jwrappaport

      Our legislature is doubly embarrassing after seeing this.

      Apr 17, 2013 at 4:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sohobod

      They are essentially British.

      Apr 17, 2013 at 5:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hamoboy

      @Sohobod: You’ve never been here to cloudy land have you? Or did you just go south? :) Either way, so happy for my country, and proud of us. Next up, finding that special someone I’d want to exercise this new right with.

      Apr 17, 2013 at 9:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Aaron in Honolulu
      Aaron in Honolulu

      This made me tear ;

      Apr 17, 2013 at 9:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MuscleModelBlog.com

      Amazing! Congrats, New Zealand!

      Apr 17, 2013 at 9:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • plaintom

      Kiwis, you are a class act.

      Apr 17, 2013 at 11:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DOFEK

      WOW good for you Kiwi guys! and the USA Anthem, in fucking English :-( WTF!. AdamHomo

      Apr 18, 2013 at 1:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Marcos

      Note that at the beginning, he says “can I ask that you refrain from any comments, there will be a waiata after the clerk has announced the third reading”… waiata is Maori for “song”, so this was planned. = nobody was saying “Oh, they told us we can’t comment, but we will spontaneously sing!”

      Apr 18, 2013 at 2:27 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • zrocqs

      Wow! What a beautiful and moving example of civilization.

      Apr 18, 2013 at 7:53 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MikeE

      @Marcos: no one claimed that it it was a reaction to “refrain from comments”. whether the song is planned in advance or spontaneous is entirely irrelevant.

      that they used a song to celebrate something like this is what is moving.

      that the New Zealand parliament voted in marriage equality is what is moving.

      put that all together and it creates one beautiful, memorable, moving moment.

      Apr 18, 2013 at 10:43 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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