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Photo of politician babysitting for gay colleague goes viral for all the right reasons

Here’s something that would likely never happen in the United States…

A photo of the Speaker of New Zealand’s Parliament babysitting for a fellow parliamentary member, who happens to be gay, while he was debating on the floor of the country’s House of Representatives last Wednesday has gone viral.

In the photo, Speaker Trevor Mallard can be seen cradling and feeding a newborn while overseeing the debate in the legislature. The baby, born last month, is the son of Member of Parliament Tamati Coffey and his partner, Tim Smith.

Coffey, who came out publicly in 2009, had just returned from paternity leave and brought his newest family member to work with him. He first introduced his son, Tutanekai, to the world via Twitter last month.

Speaker Mallard tweeted the photo of himself and baby Tutanekai along with the caption: “Normally the Speaker’s chair is only used by Presiding Officers but today a VIP took the chair with me. Congratulations @tamaticoffey and Tim on the newest member of your family.”

So far, Mallard’s tweet has received over 2,500 retweets and nearly 12,000 likes, and has proven to be quite a hit with the commenters.

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