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“An historic moment,” – Louisa Wall

Wed 29 Aug 2012 In: New Zealand Daily News

Louisa Wall at today's rally ahead of her Bill being read “Tonight is an historic moment for New Zealanders and a step toward the legal recognition that loving couples, regardless of their sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, should be able to marry,” Labour MP Louisa Wall says after the successful first reading of her marriage equality Bill. In fact it was 80 votes to 40 - after proxy votes have come in from John Banks and Peter Dunne. “I want to take this opportunity to extend my thanks to all of my Parliamentary colleagues who supported the bill this evening, and for their passionate engagement with this cause,” Wall says. “Tonight's progress is a collective effort. I want to recognise Jools Joslin and Jenny Rowan who were litigants in the Quilter case that ultimately brought this issue to Parliament and everyone who got behind the campaign for marriage equality.“I look forward to continuing the debate with all New Zealanders at the select committee.”    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Wednesday, 29th August 2012 - 9:46pm

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