Agence France-PresseApril 17, 2013 06:46
New Zealand became the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to legalise gay marriage Wednesday after a historic parliamentary vote.
Lawmakers voted 77 to 44 in favour of the legal change, which allowed gay marriage after a decades-long campaign.
"It is about saying these lives matter, our society is big enough for us," gay Green Party MP Kevin Hague told parliament.
New Zealand will become the 13th nation globally to allow gay marriage, according to Human Rights Watch.