NZ Parliament Busts Out in Song on Gay Marriage

Lawmakers, observers join in after vote to legalize
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2013 1:40 PM CDT

(Newser) – An unusual thing happened today in the New Zealand parliament after lawmakers legalized gay marriage: Pretty much everybody started singing, lawmakers and observers alike. Slate has the video and identifies the tune as "Pokarekare Ana," a Maori love song. Gawker, meanwhile, loves this clip of MP Maurice Williamson making the case for gay rights prior to the vote. Sample line:

  • "We are not declaring nuclear war on a foreign state. We are not bringing a virus in that could wipe out our agricultural sector forever. We are allowing two people who love each other to have that recognized, and I can't see what's wrong with that for love nor money."
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