In New Zealand, a marriage equality bill has passed the first of three rounds of voting, moving the country one step closer to legalizing the freedom to marry for all.
Some people are crediting President Obama’s support of marriage equality for the bill’s fast pickup. According to the Global Post, politicians in New Zealand have been pushing for marriage equality ever since Obama’s announcement.
“If I’m really honest, I think the catalyst was around Obama’s announcement, and then obviously our prime minister came out very early in support, as did the leader of my party, David Shearer,” the openly gay the author of the bill, Louisa Wall, told The Associated Press. “The timing was right.”
Civil unions have been legal in New Zealand since 2005, but adoption for same-sex couples is not. This new bill would change that, and make it so that same-sex couples have all the same liberties straight couples do.
The bill faces some conservative and religious opposition to an extent, but it’s expected to pass. Hooray!