NEW ZEALAND has legalised same-sex marriage after parliament passed the third and final reading on Wednesday.
Seventy-seven MPs voted in favour of the bill, while 44 opposed it.
MPs and those in the packed public gallery burst into applause at the news, while others rushed to congratulate Louisa Wall, who sponsored the bill.
Green MP Mojo Mathers told the house that her daughter went to her first formal with her girlfriend last year.
“Like countless other young woman she hopes for love, marriage, children and a house with a white picket fence,” Fairfax NZ reported.
“All of those options are available to her older sister.
“To see them have equal rights before the law is very important to me.”
National MP Chris Auchinvole restated his view that the bill should be passed.
However he asked the younger generation to be patient with those who may that struggle with the change.
“That will be very very new to us.”
National MP Jonathan Young opposed the bill but expected it to pass.
“I believe our society is probably more divided than this House is on this issue.”