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[Video] New Zealand Parliament sings with joy after passing gay marriage

New Zealand gay marriage

Yesterday, New Zealand became the latest country to legalize marriage for same-sex couples, making the small island nation the 13th country in the world and first in the Asian-Pacific rim to allow such unions.

The new rules, which will amend the country's marriage law, will go into effect mid-August of this year.

After the final vote had been counted, supporters of the bill, and some lawmakers, began to sing "Pokarekare Ana"  — a traditional New Zealand love song that is as well known as  "You Are My Sunshine" here -- while congratulating one another. Several lawmakers can be seen wiping away tears as those in the observation section above them continue to sing.