New Zealand became the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to allow same-sex couples the right to civil marriage, according to the Associated Press via NYTimes.com. From the report:
Hundreds of jubilant gay-rights advocates celebrated at New Zealand's Parliament as the country become the thirteenth in the world and the first in the Asia-Pacific region to legalize same-sex marriage.
Lawmakers voted 77 to 44 Wednesday night in favor of the gay-marriage bill.
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