Recently Uruguay passed marriage equality, and now New Zealand has joined it and the other free countries of the world in recognizing all of its citizens’ right to the freedom to marry the person you love.
New Zealand has legalized same-sex marriage in a 77-44 vote on a third and final reading of the bill.
The bill will take effect in mid August and comes 27 years after New Zealand decriminalised homosexuality.
Same-sex marriage supporters at the Campaign for Marriage Equality party in Wellington cheered loudly and applauded as the bill was passed into law.
New Zealand joins Uruguay, The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, and Denmark as the 13th nation to offer its citizens nationwide marriage equality.
Brazil, Mexico, and of course, the U.S. offer it in parts of the country.