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New Zealand’s gay marriage bill likely to pass first reading

New Zealand’s Parliament will discuss a bill on whether to legalise gay marriage. The bill would likely have majority support at the first reading.

TVNZ reports:

The same-sex marriage bill looks likely to pass its first stage of Parliament, according to a Close Up poll.

Labour MP Louisa Wall’s private members bill, which would allow all New Zealanders to marry regardless of their sexual orientation, was pulled from the ballot today.

The bill is likely to be subject to a conscience vote, and Close Up contacted all of New Zealand’s 121 MPs to see where they stand.

Forty-two will definitely support the bill, including all Green Party MPs, Peter Dunne and Hone Harawira, 21 Labour MPs and a handful of National MPs. But some qualified their support, saying they would only support it to the first reading so it will make the select committee.

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