New Zealand parliament breaks into song as gay marriage is legalized (must-see video)

Gay marriage was legalized last night in New Zealand with a historic vote in the parliament, and a song.

Right after the official tally was announced, the crowd of onlookers, joined by numerous members of Parliament, broke into song, singing “Pokarekare Ana,” a love song in the language of New Zealand’s inidgenous Māori people.

The woman in the rainbow shirt is Louisa Wall, the the sponsor of the marriage equality legislation, and a lesbian lawmaker.

In the rainbow shirt, Louisa Wall, the the sponsor of the marriage equality legislation, and a lesbian lawmaker.

In the rainbow shirt, Louisa Wall, the the sponsor of the marriage equality legislation, and a lesbian lawmaker.

Do watch the video, below, of the entire parliament breaking into song.  I can’t imagine that happening here. (H/t TowleRoad)


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