WATCH: New Zealand Parliament Passes Gay Marriage Bill, Breaks into Song

Onlookers and lawmakers celebrated the result by breaking into the Maori love song “Pokarekare Ana.”

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New Zealand  marked a watershed moment Wednesday, when 77 of 121 members of its Parliament voted in favor of amending the 1955 Marriage Act to allow same-sex couples to marry — making it the 13th nation to legalize gay marriage and the first nation in the Asia-Pacific region.

But what happened next was just as notable. Onlookers in the public gallery and some lawmakers celebrated the result by breaking into the Maori love song “Pokarekare Ana,” the Associated Press reports. New Zealand has allowed civil unions since 2005, but the new law, planned to go into effect in August, will enable same-sex couples to adopt children and allow their marriages to be recognized in other countries.

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Gay rights advocates are hoping New Zealand’s landmark decision could pressure other countries in the region to follow suit, including in neighboring Australia — whose Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, opposes same-sex marriage. However, some Australian states are considering gay rights legislation. More recently, a rainbow crosswalk  temporarily installed on Oxford Street to celebrate Sydney’s gay and lesbian Mardi Gras festival sparked debate when New South Wales state officials ordered its removal due to safety hazards. Clover Moore, Sydney’s lord mayor, supported the protest to keep it as a symbol of the city’s tolerance while protestors produced a petition with 1,000 signatures to keep the painted walkway.

The same-sex marriage debate has increasingly become a political point of contention worldwide. Last week the French Senate  and lawmakers in Uruguay also voted in favor of a gay marriage bill. New Zealand will soon join Spain, Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, South Africa, Norway, Iceland, Argentina Sweden, Denmark and Portugal in recognizing same-sex marriage.

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RiadaKram
RiadaKram

AMERICAN VISION:

So New Zealand has recently become the13th country in the world to legalize same-sex mirage. For those of you who think that I cannot spell the word marriage, I really can. In fact I just did it. No, the “mirage” thing is deliberate. For that is what New Zealand legislators have just introduced. It isn’t marriage. Call it what you like but it isn’t marriage. Go ahead, pretend that up is down and down is up if you like. Believe it to be true if you really want. It won’t make the slightest bit of difference to the direction of gravity. Go ahead and pretend that a union consisting of two wives or of two husbands is marriage if you want. Believe it to be true with all your heart if that’s what takes your fancy. It won’t make the teensy-weensiest bit of difference to what marriage actually is. And that’s because marriage is defined by God, and not by a group of postmodern poseurs sitting in a parliament in New Zealand.

What New Zealand has introduced is same-sex mirage: from a distance it looks a little bit like marriage – two people, a ceremony, a ring and all that – but on closer inspection it turns out to be merely an illusion.

Now if I were a young person (not that I’m terribly ancient, but if I were younger than I am) I think I would start to smell something fishy going on here. “Why is it,” I’d be asking myself, “that after being told that marriage is outdated, pointless, stifling drudgery by the media and the state all our lives – why is it that suddenly they’re all telling us that marriage is a really really great idea. Why is it that having engineered a situation where the numbers of people getting married have steadily fallen, the numbers of divorces have reached epidemic proportions, cohabitation is the norm, and where we have been taught to scorn marriage as “just a piece of paper”, why is it that they’re suddenly telling us: “Hey kids! Marriage is really really cool?” Something doesn’t quite add up.

Well just in case you are a young person who has been told all your life that marriage is outdated, pointless, stifling drudgery by the media and the state and you can’t quite understand how they’ve suddenly all become very keen supporters of marriage, here is the answer:

The state and the media have not suddenly become all enthusiastic about marriage. It’s all a ruse and if you believe it, then you’ve been duped. If they had suddenly become pro-marriage, their campaign wouldn’t look much like it currently does. Rather than campaigning for the diluted, legally insignificant institution they have allowed marriage to become to be extended to a group of people for whom marriage was never intended, they would instead be campaigning for the repeal of all the easy divorce laws and for proper sanctions for those who commit adultery. But they’re not doing that, are they? Maybe there’s another reason then. Is it at all possible that they do still believe that marriage is outdated, pointless, stifling drudgery, and that they are just using the homosexual cause to bring about its demise?

“But how can that be so?” asks the naïve youngster. “These people seem so genuine in their desire to see marriage extended to homosexuals. If two people love each other and want to commit to one another then surely allowing them to marry is evidence that those in favor are trying to preserve the institution, not destroy it.”

Well my naïve young friend, what exactly is marriage? Leaving aside the genders of those involved for a moment (yes I realize that this is a pretty big thing to leave aside, but for the sake of argument…) what is marriage? The younger generation has, by and large, been told that it is just a piece of paper. And in the modern day yes there is usually a piece of paper involved. But what does that piece of paper represent?

What it does not represent is just “two people who love each other very much” getting together. Being in love is wonderful, but there may be times in a marriage when the two people might not particularly “love each other very much”, and what then? Can the union be dissolved? No, it is precisely at that point that the vows must be held onto for all they’re worth, with the two parties learning to resolve their differences by repentance and self-sacrificial love.

It is not even merely about commitment. The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, once told his Party, “There’s something special about marriage. It’s not about religion. It’s not about morality. It’s about commitment … And by the way, it means something whether you’re a man and a woman, a woman and a woman or a man and another man.” [1] But it is more than just “commitment” David. It is a promise made before witnesses and is therefore a binding commitment, both in the eyes of God and men. Mere commitment can be revoked in the future if one or other of the parties decides they no longer want to commit. A binding, covenantal promise on the other hand, can never be revoked without serious repercussions.

What the “piece of paper” does represent is a lifelong covenantal commitment by two people (we haven’t quite got to the stage of adding another party to the arrangement) to devote their lives to one another, to be faithful to one another come what may. It is a promise to sacrifice oneself on behalf of the other person and give oneself wholly to the care of that person. All of which means that all bone fide “marriage campaigners” must do the following:

1.             Call for the repeal of the divorce laws which have made the dissolution of the covenantal union almost as easy as returning an unwanted item to a store.

2.             Speak out against promiscuity and cohabitation

3.             Condemn adultery in the same way the 7th commandment does

When I see those calling for the extension of marriage to homosexuals begin this campaign, maybe I’ll start to have second thoughts about what it is that is driving them. When I begin to see them apologize for duping an entire generation with their previous hostility towards marriage, then I’ll reconsider. Until that day, I will continue to treat their sudden conversion to the institution of marriage with deep suspicion.

AdoptiveParents
AdoptiveParents

( happy committed male female relations and Adoption ) vs gays couples are( totally different) which  NO Law on Earth, will ever change that.

 Facts,  I personally have had 10 plus years study on Adoption, and have friends and know many adoptive families,  I am also an adoptive parent, and never have people heard children longing to have gays parents?  Children do by far better where " Balance of the sexes remain full stop. NZ should sort out the Social issues first with Children that are tossed around welfare home to welfare home.... and never able to find any home, let alone a stable one, and then when the children are older or time out of the cute ages of been babies etc, their is ONLY OPEN ADOPTION or Life Forever Homes, which really both have their issues.

So yes here in NZ where they kill 18,000 unborn each year, so no  we DONT have surplus of babies in NZ or  agents  at all, we have Welfare Homes....   no Orphanages either, however if their where Orphanages lest kids would not worry when or where the next  home thy will be going to in NZ, so very sad to witness  the " timed out: older kids been tossed around the system, just waiting for bio parents to get their acts together, by then to often the kids then cannot bond  at all to either  their own bio or others, as they simply have been rejected in the first laces by their own bio parents be it  far to immature and often irresponsible   parents mean the kids lack everything.

 The Gays trying to mess with the Law their own " YOUR PLESURE" may be one thing, but   when it come to children NO LAW  should ever be so arrogant to think they can simply do away with  Children's  rights to be brought up with Male female gender differences  as all Children have the right to be brought up in a home that has BOTH GENDERS, NOT SAME SEX COUPLES, as you then are taking away the fundamental  rights of a child to have balanced views. 

The law is a ass....

I mean as the gays are so into equal rights, are Men now aloud in woman's  Public Toilets?  and vs versa, Would that be discrimination  to say its not alright for a  Gay Male to enter a public toilet , or a cross dresser Male , say where woman may be breast feeding. Should their even be a Male and female  signs on Public Toilets now? because  those words are on fact showing a Differences, something GYAS want to do away with.

It is NOT a selfish  act to adopt  children that no one wants, ( specially when there are 18,000 alone each  year in NZ been aborted their lifes snuffed out simply because the Laws have bent long ago to Social pressure,  to the right of an  adult to do away with a life....it is  a TOTALLY  selfish act to use " Children as Political AROOWS, as Weapons in a  Political war over changes sexes.

Children should never be used in this gay issue, they simply DONT have rights  as same as married couples do, and even then  FACTS remain there is a extremely low % of NZ waiting to be adopted legally over fostering them, very low say 3 to5 % if that  some babies only adopted if adopting parents agree to a shades of grey agreement of visitations  form birth mums.And even then you don't or wont here much about when some/ many couples in NZ    are told they can Foster  to Adoption,  for say 12 mths fostering waiting for processes to be completed , and then the babies been torn away from that  new bond the baby needs  to have in the first  place should never ne dished out to more able bodied couples, if their is no real intention to give that child a stable home in a ture adoption for life.

NZ does NOT have many if at all any Closed adoptions since the 1970s, 1980.s unless otherwise  discussed and agreed upon. j And what can one do if a Sperm donor dad or a egg donor Mum decides they really don't want to ever see their offspring?

 Lest in a closed adoption the children don't get tossed around home to home, when an closed adoption happens, its because  often they are International ones,  the process has been for years, and that child is no longer a baby, and no way will that child ever have a chance to go back to anything   let alone bio parents, then and ONLY WHEN ALL AVENUES HAVE BEEN   worn out  to placed them back in to some sort of ideal situation cannot happen, ,  (only    then is and true Adoption made so that child can settled in constructive daily routines, with out disruptions by any way regardless if they had bio parents that did not give a toss in the first place.

 just because  hope full good adoptive parents,  had been used  or sucked in, as long term baby sitters, in the guises  of an  Adoption.

IN NZ there are MANY benefits for the  young  unemployed and pregnant woman  ( who dn't want to work and making babies is a career to them as long as the Goverment  allows it to be) can get their hands

 there for its a MYTH about some how in  NZ their are babies just some how lots  of babies  needing another home, is simply in correct, but yes their would  be if the Government would stop using taxpayers $ pay for abortions, then may be the Gays would have something to  sing about, um.

Frankly I an many other adoptive parents only care that children get both good parents of opposite sex.... as simply  you would be taking away a child's rights other wise.

 When it comes to children's rights now in NZ  since this Gay Bill, What  a messed up country NZ  will really become form here on, one reason why we decided NOT to adopt from here and never been happier.

 Facts remain to any Gays they cannot change the Hauge Convention and agreement it has with NZ and other countries expectations they have when adopting that is NO same sex couples can adopt from over seas to NZ, unless they lied about their situation, as their is no law allowing gays to adopt  from sending countries to NZ any way. Just like you cannot adopt if you  are single etc, really upholds all childrens rights to have both a Mother and a father.

The Government is now guilty of separating  even more what they should have been finding ways to  strengthening   family units, and the 250,000 children supposing in  Poverty in NZ,  as a whole, as its STILL NORMAL to have male and female parents, um

So been Gay  and their rights ? who cares about then now, as they seem to attack marriage at it deepest roots, will be at their own peril we guess, as not many have also read medical issues far reaching that just aids with homos..... as Aids started first with Promiscuity of men unfaithful to woman when those me slept with together men,  then back to woman, and so forth.

Jean-JacquesBurlamaqui
Jean-JacquesBurlamaqui

Same-sex marriage disregards the natural order of procreatory responsibility, not only confusing the natural disposition of parental authority; but undermining the legal principle that children have a right to a relationship with their biological parents, depriving a child access to their biological parent’s genetic, cultural and social heritage, not for extraordinary circumstances, but as a matter of routine. Same-sex marriage amounts to institutionalized adultery through a hostile takeover of civil society by the State. Children will no longer be entitled to their biological parents, as the transitory wants of same-sex adults will have taken precedence over a child’s best interest.

Children are not pets one purchases from rescue shelters(adoption clinics) and puppy mills(insemination and surrogacy). Children are human beings endowed with a natural desire to be procreated from an engendered act of love between a husband and a wife. Same-sex marriage is adulterous by nature and thereby destructive to not only children, but to our civilization. 

Here are two truths regarding marriage: (1) A man creating a family with another man is not equal to creating a family with a woman, and (2) denying children parents of both genders at home is an objective evil. Kids need and yearn for both.

Same-sex marriage proponents demand “Marriage Equality”, yet, in return, they offer less-than-equal protection of the child’s happiness than can be afforded through the presence of both biological parents.

Same-sex proponents profess that it is love which gives the right to join the institution of marriage, yet, in doing so, they selfishly violate the principle loving objective of this noble institution; to protect a child’s Natural Right to be raised by both biological parents.

Same-sex marriage is not justice in the eyes of a child. Same-sex marriage is an abuse of power, a tyrannical subversion of the fundamental principles of marriage and the duties which it enjoins; contrary to the nature and state of man, same-sex marriage is merely the unwarranted whims of an ignorant and selfish generation whose conduct is nothing less that an embarrassment to the dignity of mankind.

In fine, same-sex marriage is an unnatural extravagance which the supporters most ignorantly claim to be a “right”.

“No one has a right to do that which, if everybody did it, would destroy society.” ---Immanuel Kant 

PeterFagerlind
PeterFagerlind

Wonderful! Tears of joy! God loves us all! We will soon have gay marriage recognised in a lot of countries around the world!

mary.waterton
mary.waterton

God still hates homosexuality. Sticking your middle finger in God's face is not a smart thing for a nation to do.

wrp136
wrp136

In the US House, no one would be able to agree on which song to sing!!

NickBates
NickBates

I am glad for New Zealand!  The more countries that pass equal rights, the worse it looks for the USA.

jrp77sen
jrp77sen

Good for them! America still struggles to deliver equality for all. Ugh.

pangelboy
pangelboy

@RiadaKram Your view of marriage is outdated. The institution of marriage in the secular world is evolving. God factors into it if you're religious, which some gay people might be, but in the secular world it is a committment between two people that brings along a variety of legal protections and rights. 

You may look at secular same-sex marriage as a "mirage", but the jokes on you. You have to have the government sanction your marriage, just like gay couples do. In the eyes of the laws in the countries where SSM is legal, your marriage is equal to theirs in the realest sense. 

You might reply, "Well their marriage isn't sanctioned by God!" My response would be, your religious marriage is the real mirage. The only one who sees the value in it being blessed is you and those that share your opinion. 

When it comes to things that truly affect a couple's reality, same-sex marriage is as real as it can get. 

SteveKarper
SteveKarper

@Jean-JacquesBurlamaqui  Note how we have 3 anti s in a row with all their ideas which are rally saying that gays arent good citizens and good parents.


Sorry but the jokes on the right wing xtians - you lost


As my t shirt says "some dudes marry dudes , get over it. for my wife F, replace dudes with chicks


Here in america I get almost always shows of support for my t shirts, evan in a conservative area where I live


conservatives should do something about the horrid divorce rate and worry about the kids growing up in signle parent families, aboutt 35% in the USA

SuperiorMind
SuperiorMind

@Jean-JacquesBurlamaqui  I'm sorry but "Children are human beings endowed with a natural desire to be procreated from an engendered act of love between a husband and a wife" has got to be the most hilarious thing I have read in a long time. Christ Almighty I don't know how you can come up with stuff like that.

barbaras.gwen
barbaras.gwen

@Jean-JacquesBurlamaqui  Yeah, yeah.... and years ago people like you made similar rants for why interracial marriage should be illegal, and before that, they gave all kinds of reasons for why people of certain ethnicities shouldn't be allowed to vote, and before that, they came up with all kinds of "evidence" for why women shouldn't vote or be given the same rights as men. Life is constantly moving forward, with the rest of us walking with life and embracing it, while there will always be people like you who reject change and come up with all kinds of reasons for why things should stay the same. Quoting Kant doesn't give your statements any more value. Besides, I, and many other people, could give you even more reasons as to why same-sex marriage should be legal. 

SteveKarper
SteveKarper

@mary.waterton mary wwaterton is a commmon name for a vicious hate group called the westboro baptist church that also celebrates publically the murder of gay people and the deaths of our soldiers protecting us by fighting in afghanistan etc


Unfortunately we cant legally lock these nut job crazies in the asylum

MikeyClarke
MikeyClarke

@mary.waterton If you want to follow superstitious nonsense like that, that's your business and no-one else's. But please, have the common decency to keep it to yourself.

barbaras.gwen
barbaras.gwen

@mary.waterton Has God directly spoken to you about this subject? How do you know He hates homosexuality? Simply because someone told you that God hates it doesn't mean it is so. Besides, you are aware that there are billions of people on this planet who do not share the same religious views as you, right? In fact, many of them strongly believe that what YOU believe is wrong. 

You should treat others the way you want to be treated. There are many different kinds of people in this world, and we must tolerate and accept each other's differences. Throwing your religion in people's faces certainly isn't the way to do that. 

amytalk
amytalk

@mary.waterton If your 'God' hates homosexuality then he must be more petty then a human who can clealry overcome such emotions. Take yoour bronze age 'God' back to the past please :)

PeterFagerlind
PeterFagerlind

Oh, whree exactly does Jesus Christ say this in the New Testament? Love to you and love to everyone. God is love and God love us all.

AdoptiveParents
AdoptiveParents

@wrp136 

May be a funeral song,um

Was AIDES not so long ago because of promiscuity and soo much socalled Freedoms.

New diseases in time will come, and seem mankind just loves making new one sup all the time um,

In many bigger ways now may be,  History will repeat itself    we guess   and when it  does next time,  will start at the top through Leaders      of their own votes. Shame on the so called Leaders that also feel homosexual activity is ok, has whole ifNZ minds are so open  they will just now allow their marble's to fall out.

We don't need any influences form America as well,  don't worry about gun Laws in NZ, we already are killing innocents babies in the womb, man is his own worse enemy.

SteveKarper
SteveKarper

@NickBates tks Nick.  BTW I was the guy who got the one republican vote in MD that we needed to pass marriage equality.


now - the conservatives can go ape poop if the want but as of sept 2014  20 states plus DC have equal marriage. Another 20 or so have passed it but the laws are on hold while the cons appeal as a right they have.


Given the very few judges that didnt support equal marriage - about 4 out of 35, precendent will rule and america will join the civilized world. by next summer when the supreme court  supports equal rights re  CIVIL LAW marriage

SteveKarper
SteveKarper

@barbaras.gwen @mary.waterton 

again Mary waterton is a screen name of a vicous bunch of nut cases called the westboro baptist church. they are the perfect example of it you beat your kids viciously often they want to do the ame to others.  Basic psychology

AdoptiveParents
AdoptiveParents

@barbaras.gwen @mary.waterton 

So  polygamy is different ......  if you are a woman would you like your husband to marry a few on the side while        married to you, and have them all live in the same house as you? Or vs Versa? goodness, and you then say we are to tolerate and accept each others differences , then verbally abuse those who simply choose to  set  a standard. Pot calling the kettle black one may say um. You then cannot complain of other cultures in  the same country as you want to keep hold of their harem say, because after all,  YOU will have to just tolerate their ways... and accept their differences to yours if you are Western.

Because it is different  to sacrifice animals  in some cultures to their gods, and would like to do the same in your county, or drive on the opposite side of the rd than yours, you will just have to be VERY tolerant when they ask you for a chicken or 2  to sacrifice, or allow them to just drive  as if they would in their own country while living in yours... um  YOU will have to stop places signs up that describe MEN  And Woman as been just who they are Woman.. or get NEW signs for Gays now, I mean they have rights , um.

What I have said may sound extreme to your thinking, but lest I have driven the point across in a way because, your way of thinking that men sleeping with men should be tolerated even to the point of  trying to make a ceremony about it is as over the top to others.

Love a person, and  lust for the same sex totally 2 different things, homosimply by nature  will never be equal, that's not any ones else fault they lifestyle they choose.

Animals behave in awful ways to, this does not make it right for same sex couples to..... um

AdoptiveParents
AdoptiveParents

@PeterFagerlind 

reply: um Yes He also said to Love they Neighbour, so would you  have no problem sleeping with your neighbour, and all others who say we all are to simply  tolerate others and their behaviour.

All actions one does to their body does have an effect.  twisting  original meanings to words  never achieves anything, just shows you are wrong.

SteveKarper
SteveKarper

@AdoptiveParents @wrp136   Aids  will go down when gays marry and have a big bad deal if they are promiscous.  BTW in America some demographic groups of women have the same level of aids, which bttw is going way down in the gay male community


When you dont have anythng better to say then celebrating death of gays to make your point, god will get even with you for hating another part of his creation.

barbaras.gwen
barbaras.gwen

@AdoptiveParents @barbaras.gwen @mary.waterton Sorry... I attempted to read through all of your pathetic attempt of an argument, but the incredibly poor grammar and spelling just made it too grueling. In any case, it's obvious that you aren't very educated and have a poor grasp of what it means to be a compassionate, understanding human being in the 21st century. 

Apostleofjesus
Apostleofjesus

@PeterFagerlind the entire bible condemns hoomsexaulity you have to be ethiet blind of a fool to say such stupid comments, romans 1, 1 Corinthians 6:9

PeterFagerlind
PeterFagerlind

Since when does love mean having sex with someone?  Love does not not involve sex necessarily. Yes of couse we shoud all tolerate others. If other people are not doing you any harm than you should just leave them be. Let it be, as the Beatles said.

Who are you to judge me? I am not going to stoop to your level. I love you and Jesus Christ loves us all. Nowhere in the Bible does he condemn homosexuality.