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New Zealand legalises same-sex marriage

April 17, 2013
"I am so happy, not only because I can now marry the person I love, but because New Zealand has moved a step further towards gay and lesbian people becoming completely equal with the rest of our society."
- Jake Andrew

New Zealand's parliament has legalised same-sex marriage, the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to do so.

Hundreds of jubilant gay-rights advocates celebrated outside parliament after the bill was passed, calling it a milestone for equality.

People watching from the public gallery and some lawmakers immediately broke into song, singing the New Zealand love song "Pokarekare Ana", AP news agency reported.

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