New Zealand lawmakers on Wednesday are expected to give final approval to a bill that would allow gays and lesbians to marry in the country.
The country’s Parliament on March 13 approved the same-sex marriage measure introduced by lesbian Parliamentarian Louisa Wall by a 77-44 vote margin in the second of three votes on the proposal. Prime Minister John Key is among those who support the measure.
The vote will take place less than a week after French and Uruguayan lawmakers approved same-sex marriage bills in their respective countries. A commission charged with reforming the Irish constitution on Sunday overwhelmingly approved a recommendation that urges the country’s government to extend marriage rights to gays and lesbians.
Jackie Russell-Green of the New Zealand Campaign for Marriage Equality told the Washington Blade last month same-sex marriage supporters “need to be resolute” leading up the measure’s third and final reading.
“There will be no celebration until the bill passes,” she said.