And…Passed!

Today, the Marriage Amendment Bill became legal, to the happiness of many and the opposition of others. New Zealand’s first same-sex weddings took place this morning, starting as early as half past midnight, after the nation became the first in the Asia-Pacific region and the 13th in the world to legalise same-sex marriage. Approximately 83 couples are getting married today, with many in exotic locations such as on an aeroplane! Famous NZ lesbian singer Anika Moa will be singing for the country’s first same-sex wedding in the air. Lynley Bendall and Ally Wanikau will be married onboard a special Air New Zealand flight.

TVNZ reported back on thoughts of the nation, showing that many prominent New Zealanders still continue to oppose the change, but also highlighting Louisa Wall’s feelings of triumph and excitement that her bill allows “All the theory of Parliament…to [come to] fruition today and we can put in practise the fact that any two people, regardless of their sex, sexual orientation or gender identity can get a marriage license and so that’s what we are going to be celebrating today.” Radio stations have also included themselves in the fun, reporting on the many opinions of gay marriage that the Bill has encouraged, as well as telling listeners all about the first same-sex marriages throughout the day.

Additionally, Tourism New Zealand has been rumoured to start advertising NZ as ‘the place’ to get married, and almost 1,000 Australians are planning to cross the ditch to get married.

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