New Zealand became the 14th country to legalize same-sex marriage today, when the Parliament voted 77-44 in favor of marriage equality. New Zealand is the first county in the Asia-Pacific region to legalize gay marriage, joining Uruguay and France, who both took the historic step this month of saying "I do (not care what your orientation is)."
The other countries in the legal same-sex marriage club are: Sweden, Canada, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands, South Africa, Argentina, Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Portugal. It seems likely that all of Western Europe and much of South America will soon have completely legal same-sex marriage.
New Zealand is the latest domino to fall as marriage equality sweeps across the U.S. and the rest of the world. Since the beginning of the year, all but a few Democratic U.S. Senators, and two Republicans came out for same-sex marriage. WHile the U.S. as a whole has not legalized same-sex marriage, the tide seems to be turning that direction.
The arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice, to quote Martin Luther King, and for gay rights, that arc has accelerated upward at an incredible rate in recent months.