New Zealand Prime Minister John Key joins Yetta Kurland tonight at 10 PM. The two will discuss marriage equality, the enviromnent, and labor.
Today the New Zealand Parliament voted 77-44 to approve marriage equality in its final reading, making it the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to do so. This marks the first time a marriage equality law explicitly defines protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity — rescinding requirements that trans people divorce before they can change their gender marker on their birth record. The bill still requires “royal assent,” a mere formality, and couples should be able to start marrying in August.
New Zealand brings the total number of countries that have legally recognized same-sex couples’ right to marry to 14, counting France, which still has a final technical vote next week in the National Assembly, where it already previously passed. Uruguay became the 12th country to support the freedom to marry earlier this month.
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