New Zealand, you rock.

I don’t know much about New Zealand- they make the Lord of the Rings movies there, they’re scarily good at rugby and there are tons of sheep there.

But recently I heard about something amazing about the country, they recently became the 13th country to legalize gay marriage (joining Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Sweden and Uruguay in a baker’s dozen of awesomeness).

I thought this was pretty cool, and I’m glad that the campaign for marriage equality is gaining strength and success around the world. It’s something I believe in strongly and want to happen fully here in the UK, because to me it just seems like the right thing to do, and stopping two people sharing in happiness and connecting their lives with each other’s just seems heartless.

I’d applaud New Zealand’s law change anyway, but what happened when it passed raises it to a whole new level. Having passed thanks to a 77-44  vote there were celebrations inside the parliament building and outside as the news filtered out. And then, in a heartwarming moment someone started singing a traditional Maori love song and many of the people joined in.

If it happened in a movie you’d think the filmmakers had just lurched into cheese or departed any pretense of reality, but it really happened. And the result is a truly heartwarming video that had me choking up. It was a display of solidarity, love and respect, capturing a moment when a country that is proud of it’s traditions moved forward and changed for the better. Here’s the video.

If that doesn’t warm the cockles, check out this message sent by a mother to her daughter who lives in Australia:


And further evidence that Kiwis are awesome is this funny but bang on speech from MP Maurice Williamson on the subject:

You, sir, rule.

Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.

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