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NZ gay marriage bill set to be debated

A bill to legalise gay marriage in New Zealand has been pulled from the members’ ballot box, officially putting the issue on parliament’s agenda.

 
 

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A bill to legalise gay marriage in New Zealand has been pulled from the members’ ballot box, officially putting the issue on parliament’s agenda.

The bill, backed by Labour MP Louisa Wall, was pulled from the ballot on Thursday, along with four other private members’ bills.

It is not yet clear when the bill will have its first reading.

MPs will be given a conscience vote on the issue.

Both Ms Wall and Green MP Kevin Hague had bills on gay marriage in the ballot, and in a joint statement last month said opinion polls showed the public was supportive of a law change.

“It’s time to extend the state’s recognition of marriage to any couple who love each other.”

Prime Minister John Key says he does not have a problem with gay marriage, but it is not a priority of the government.

 
 

 

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