Leave it to a peaceful country in the South Pacific – home of Maori culture, the Rugby World Cup holders, and the magical world of Lord of the Rings – to make a wave in international same-sex equality. On Wednesday, New Zealand became the 13th country in the world, and the first in the Asian-Pacific, to legalize same-sex marriage. Lawmakers voted 77 to 44 in support of marriage equality, and people anxiously watching all around broke out into a traditional Maori love song to celebrate the news.
New Zealand politician Maurice Williamson gave a rousing and witty speech in support of the legislation. In the video, Williamson describes the countless hateful messages he received leading up to the ruling, one of which blamed the marriage equality campaign for New Zealand’s drought. With poignant humor, Williamson points out that all that morning it was raining in his electorate, with a “huge gay rainbow” shining down on it all. “It has to be a sign!” he says. Watch this inspiring video, share it with your friends, and let’s see if we can make some waves for equal rights in our own countries all around the world: