So I was heartened when a couple of days ago the Aotearoa/New Zealand parliament passed a bill to change marriage laws there, thus becoming one of 14 countries in the world to do so.* And although I am not one prone to crying, this clip of the moment when the vote was counted and the members and public BREAK INTO SONG, made me tear up. (via thinkprogress.org)
Upon passage of the bill, the gallery broke out into singing the traditional New Zealand love song “Pokarekare Ana,” which includes the translated lyrics, “I have written you a letter, and enclosed with it my ring. If your people should see it, then the trouble will begin… My poor pen is broken, my paper is spent, But my love for you endures, and remains forever more.”
Yeah New Zealand!!
*I thought my American friends might also find this clip an oasis of reason and hope after the recent insanity in the US Senate regarding changes to gun ownership laws.