New Zealand House of Reps bursts into song after legalizing same-sex marriage

Supporters serenade MPs with ‘Pokarekare Ana’ love song

by Emily Senger

New Zealand lawmaker Louisa Wall. (Nick Perry/AP)

New Zealand passed a bill allowing legal same-sex marriage Wednesday, prompting a jubilant celebration in the House of Representatives.

The bill passed with 77 in favour and 44 against, making New Zealand the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to legalize same-sex marriage, reports BBC News.

As the speaker read out the votes, noting that the bill had passed, spectators watching in gallery started singing the New Zealand love song “Pokarekare Ana.” Below, MPs hugged Louisa Wall, who sponsored the bill.

New Zealand has allowed civil unions between same-sex couples since 2005. This new law will allow same-sex couples to enjoy all the same rights as any married couple. This includes adoption and having the marriage recognized in other countries, reports The Associated Press.

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New Zealand House of Reps bursts into song after legalizing same-sex marriage

  1. So powerful; that brought tears to my eyes. Lovely to see such acceptance — and engagement from the public!

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      • Do you rant like that on street corners? At any rate, you seem to be clueless regarding the spirituality of married couples, whether straight or gay.

        • How can one be spiritual if your spirit is dead towards God……You must be born of His Spirit…..

          ……Ephesians 2:1-3…..

          2 Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. 2 You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. 3 All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.

          • Oh and you decided that?

          • Psalm 119:89

            ….. Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.

          • Crosswinds, I think your spirit is pretty dead full stop. The irony is that you can’t see it. Crosswinds, make sure the light in your isn’t really darkness.

          • 1 Kings 18:21……
            And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.”

          • GRRR! Sky-man ANGRY!!!

          • Your sins and its penalty, were put upon the Son of God on the Cross. God will exchange your sin, for Christs nature today, But you must ask him in sincerity and truth……” God forgive me, and I believe Jesus is the Son of God, who died and rose again for me.”…

            …..2 Corinthians 5:18-20…..

            18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
            20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.

          • I’m pretty sure that it’s your God’s duty to judge people; not yours. Also, as a person who has come from a non-religious backgroud the bible quotes just read as an block of text. lf you wish to argue against the notion it’s better to come out with your own arguments otherwise you alienate non-religious people.

          • People have myriads of opinions regarding sin, but we would be wise to listen to Gods Judgement on such matters, and take the appropriate steps to reconcile with Him. ” God be merciful to me, a sinner.” Opinions need the power of a legal document, backed up by a powerful authority to have effect. Such a document is the Bible, The New Covenant. Have you read it? What do you base your opinion on? Feelings? The present day opinions that come and go? Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. I did not come from a christian home either, but one day recognized that sin was a power that controlled my behaviour, and that behaviour was judged by God. Then God revealed Jesus to me as the One who could save me from my sin, and gave me the Gift of the Holy Spirit. You may not be willing at this point to surrender to Him, but don’t let sin harden your heart, and close your mind…..God Bless You….

            ……Luke 12:58-59……

            58 When you go with your adversary to the magistrate, make every effort along the way to settle with him, lest he drag you to the judge, the judge deliver you to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison. 59 I tell you, you shall not depart from there till you have paid the very last mite.”

          • I come from a deeply religious background too and from what I have been brought up with is that Jesus was born to spread the message of love, to love oneself and to love each other. Man has fabricated the whole bible and turn into a message of utter nonsense which has in many occasions lead to blood bath. It is disgusting to see that people like you are trying to spread hate amongst people and in the end call yourself religious or a follower of God, a hypocrite in a way. Every messenger of God has/had only one message ” to understand, to love and to respect each other”, no less and no more.

          • No hate at all here. That is a cop-out. If you know Christ, you will love His Word. You cannot believe in Christ, without believing the Bible. At least not the Jesus of the Bible. Your point about the Bible being fabricated by men reveals you do not know Christ as your personal saviour, and are not filled with the Holy Spirit. I merely point out, that the moral falling away of today was prophesied long ago, and points to His Return…..

            …..John 8:47……

            47 He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.”…..

            ……John 5:46…….
            For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me…..

            ……2 Peter 1:19-21…..

            19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

          • I have not read the bible, though I am vaguely familiar with some of the ideas because of school. I have not been baptised either and I have no intention to be so. I don’t want to be saved by a being that I do not believe exists. I believe that it is my own duty as a human being to be a decent one, and that it would be an insult to your God if I decided to be a decent human being just because I felt that there was a pay off at the end or that I would be saved from my humanity. I don’t believe you should follow a religion to be saved; You should follow it because you believe.

            Now the passage you wrote there seems to talk about the individual’s duty to square his debts and follow the law least he be punished? Right? Now going by what you say, I assume that it is the duty of the individual to reconcile with your God? Am I correct? If that is the case then each individual should be concerned with his own redemption and not that of others as long as it does not physically harm anyone or infringe upon the human rights of others.

            Going by the above argument, gay people getting married is not going to affect you being able to get married or your chances of getting into heaven because you are not marrying them. You are not partaking in the “abomination” that you believe they are. They will be the ones punished, not you. From what I gather it is not your duty as a follower of the Christian God to punish or judge others. It is your duty to love and respect your fellow man regardless of who they are. Your God is the only one who can judge and punish.

          • Hi Catherine…….thanks for your respectful response. Now I suppose if you are comparing your love and respectful lifestyle to other people, your as good as any. But comparing ourselves to a Holy God, we all fall short because of inherent sin. Some can jump a foot, and others 3 feet. But compared to having to jump to the moon, we all fall short of the mark. That is kind of what we would have to do. Christ lived a sinless life, as He was the Son of God, and He was our sinless substitute, bearing our sins. He died and rose again. Anyways, be open to the gospel I pray. God Bless…….

            2 Corinthians 10:12…..

            12 For we dare not number ourselves, or compare ourselves, with some who commend themselves. For in measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, they are not wise.

            1 John 4:19…..
            We love Him because He first loved us.

            Romans 3:19…..
            Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God…..

            …..1 Corinthians 1:21……
            For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.

            John 16:7-11…..

            7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

      • So CrossWinds here responds to this joyous celebration of the law finally recognizing that two adults who mutually undertake the responsibilities of civil marriage can do so regardless of mere anatomy . . . by talking about carnality. As if marriage were nothing but the arrangement of two bodies. Fundamentalists are the most sex-obsessed people in the entire Western world.

        Also, civil marriage. Not sacramental marriage. Not subject to the laws of God.

        • The more important Eternal matter is: Is your name written in the Lambs Book of Life?…..

          ….Luke 10:20…..
          Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”

          • I’ve written my name in the snow once or twice… does that count?

          • Only if there was a witness.

          • God Bless You Bob……

            ……Isaiah 1:18……..
            “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.

          • Cross winds blow hard

          • What does a lamb write a book with? Fundies do mix their metaphors.

        • Exactly! I know alot of people Married by a Judge! That’s not recognized by any church!

      • Seems like the only one carnally minded here is yourself.

      • The bible’s a load of bollocks anyway. What’s the bible got to do with anything.

        • 2 Peter 3:13……..
          Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

      • So cute! And funny!

  2. incredibly powerful.

  3. Why can’t the UK have a civilised parliament?

    • Or Canada?

      • Er, sadly no. UK has civil partnerships. There’s been much in the news about unwillingness to make “marriage” a term that is applicable to partnerships of any sexuality.
        We’re not there yet, NZ, but thanks for showing us the way.

      • The UK hasn’t legalised same sex marriage. The House of Commons has passed a bill that will legalise same sex marriage but it still needs to pass the notoriously socially conservative House of Lords.

        Regardless what I think philthane meant when he asked why can’t the UK have a civilised parliament, was: why can’t the UK have a parliament that hugs and sings when a bill is passed rather than a bunch of privately educated yobbos who spend most of their time hollering at each other like football hooligans.

        • The UK has a very civilised House of Commons once you ignore PMQs, which is just one half hour once a week. All other proceedings are a joy to watch. Ignore PMQs – it’s atypical of everything else that goes on in that Chamber.

        • The House of Lords holds little real power. They can propose amendments but the Commons doesn’t have to accept them. If they can’t reach a compromise, then the elected Commons just has to wait 1 year and then push their bill straight to the Queen for the Royal Assent using the Parliament Act 1949.

    • Because we don’t vote for civilised politicians.

  4. Sorry to be a pedant, but we don’t call it the House of Commons, it’s the House of Representatives.

    • Thanks Odysseus. Our bad!

    • No need for apologies: give us (and the author) some ejumication! Appreciated.

    • They were talking about the lower house of the UK Parliament, i.e. ‘The House of Commons’. It’s never been called the ‘House of Representatives’. I can see that the New Zealand Parliament is called that, as stated in the article. Perhaps that’s where your confusion arose? ;)

  5. You also need a bit of cultural background. It’s very common at Maori ceremonies (and most matters of civic importance) for there to be singing. I’m not sure whether the song was expected, as the Speaker does mention that there will be a waiata (Maori/Te Reo for ‘song’). I hope that was the one he was referring to, rather than them interrupting him!

    • Also appreciated! How do we know about other nations if we aren’t taught? Thank you, and I did hear the speaker say a word I did not know!

  6. Wonderful.

  7. This room is so dusty, I think I’ve got something in my eye… Amazing

  8. Good on ya, Kiwis!

  9. Cool, it’s only fair that same-sex couples should have the chance to be as miserable as us married hetero couples :)

    • except that the gays may not be quite as miserable because they won’t be so bothered about infidelity …

  10. I hope one day to see similar scenes here in England.

  11. I cannot, in a million years, imagine the crooks, scoundrels, reprobates, wingnuts, simpletons, wastrels, malingerers, hucksters, outright thieves and carnival sideshow acts that constitute the US House of Representatives ever doing anything as nice as this.

  12. It is the music of a people
    Who will not be slaves again!
    When the beating of your heart
    Echoes the beating of the drums
    There is a life about to start
    When tomorrow comes!

  13. Real politics, real issues;for the people,by the people. When was the last time you saw and felt that! Took my breath away, and a few tears too. Northern Ireland…I hope you are watching and taking heed.You have some catching up to do. I’d advise you have a word with some of the enlighten folk in NZ. Would be a good start. Nice trip too!

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    • Big Yawn!

    • You’re funny.

    • Give it a rest

      • Hebrews 4:10…..
        For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.

    • Crosswinds, as a Christian, I have thought and prayed about God’s will for our society’s acceptance of same-sex marriage. I hope you will re-examine your opinions and interpretations of Holy Scripture. Loving, committed relationships are to be celebrated, not condemned. I pray that God will speak to you and open your eyes and heart. Bless you, my brother/sister.

      • They can join together any way they want, but God will not bless sin, NEVER. So ministers of Christ, if they are loyal to Christ, will not marry or bless their union, as God will not join together that which is an abomination in His sight. You are being swept away with the error of the wicked……

        ……2 Peter 3:16-17……

        16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.
        17 You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked…….

        ….Galatians 1:10…….
        For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ…..

        …..1 Corinthians 5:6-7………
        6 Your boasting about this is terrible. Don’t you realize that this sin is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough? 7 Get rid of the old “yeast” by removing this wicked person from among you. Then you will be like a fresh batch of dough made without yeast, which is what you really are. Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us.

  15. I had just watched Brokeback Mountain again yesterday and was so sad thinking about the fact we have not gone far enough in so long, We must go forward until all our Gay and Lesbian friends have the same rights as the rest of us. I watched this and wept, beautiful.

  16. Sobbing my heart out with joy! Love to you all from the UK! x

  17. CONGRATULATIONS NEW ZEALAND!…..Love and Peace from Canada

  18. This is truly beautiful to hear and see a government that can work together for a better society! Congratulations New Zealand!

  19. brilliant so lovely congratulations N.Z you have worked hard for something that should have been a given

  20. Just like our congress!

    • Good on the Kiwis – I hope we all follow this example. Just to be clear to the bible thumpers earlier – as well as homosexuality, the bible also calls shellfish an abomination. Crazy I know but just something to think about before people go forth quoting the bible. Let’s be clear, mostly the bible ( as with all other holy scriptures ) teaches peace love and humility. I’m proud to exist in a world that, despite its flaws, advocates this way of thinking, Peace an kindness to you all x

  21. Concratulations New Zealand on an amazing decision and was fantastic to watch the respect of the people in the house to stand and listen and then applaud at the end. Respect

  22. I’m a practicing Christian and I try to follow my faith as closely as I can. I am certain that Christianity is about helping ME to change to become a better person and absolutely NOT about me controlling other peoples lives.
    The following is from chapter 23 of St Matthew’s Gospel, if you say you follow Christ you need to read this and think about it seriously. Christ came to set people free, not tie them in knots. Of course there are teachings which cannot be ignored but they must be understood in the light of Christ who reached out to all people.

    “Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.
    “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.”

    • I’ve realised that I didn’t introduce my message above – I’m sick to death of some Christians getting us a bad name by using the Bible to control other people’s lives. The Bible isn’t a stick, it’s the carrot! Back of trying to control people with the word of God which is in fact, about tolerance and love of neighbour.

  23. Nice to see such widespread acceptance. Yes, the Bible says many things which vary according to which version you’re reading but don’t laws change? Most of the things in the Bible are considered barbaric by most people’s standards; why should gay marriage be any different? Besides, the Bible was written by MEN who omitted verses and changed words in their own favor.

  24. Once again, our compatriots across the “ditch” have shown us Aussies up in their acceptance of a basic right of all human beings. Come on Aussie, Come on (and join them)

  25. Gays.
    Marriage.
    Congrats.
    Yawn.

  26. Congratulations to the People of New Zealand! Thank you for introducing the world to a beautiful love song as well. – from Canada

  27. How lovely.

  28. This makes me want to move to New Zealand! Such dignity and joy from a Parliament – and such a good decision! You Kiwis should be proud :)

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