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Labour MP Louisa Wall’s bill passed by 80 votes to 40 (http://www.3news.co.nz/Same-sex-marriage-bill-first-reading--full-video/tabid/1607/articleID/267382/Default.aspx)
Bill passes first reading

in NEW ZEALAND, 01/09/2012

MPs have voted for gay marriage in a near-landslide. A conscience vote on Labour MP Louisa Wall’s bill passed by 80 votes to 40 before a packed public gallery at Parliament. The bill will now be considered by a select committee before facing two further votes before it can pass in to law.

‘‘Today is the time to open the institution of marriage to all people who are eligible,’’ Ms Wall told Parliament.

‘‘There is no reasonable ground on which the state should deny any citizen the right to enter the institution of marriage if he or she chooses. That is not the process of inclusion.’’

Labour MP Su'a William Sio, who controversially broke ranks with most of his caucus colleagues and warned the measure could spark a backlash against his party, spoke against the bill.

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