New Zealand Parliament Passes Marriage Equality Law, Breaks Into Song

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 17, 2013

Today New Zealand became the 14th country (counting France, which will make it official with a final vote next week) to legalize same-sex marriage, and they rang in equality in grand style. Once the vote was announced, the gallery cheered, and then a voice from the balcony started singing the traditional love song, “Pokarekare Ana,” which includes the following lyrics (translated):

“I have written you a letter, and enclosed with it my ring. If your people should see it, then the trouble will begin… My poor pen is broken, my paper is spent, But my love for you endures, and remains forever more.”

Skip to 1:20 to see the joyous moment! [YouTube via Think Progress]