Last week, lawmakers in New Zealand did something remarkable after a vote. No, there wasn't a mass walkout. No, the place didn't erupt into fisticuffs. No, the members didn't call each other names.
Instead, when a measure passed that will make New Zealand the 13th nation to recognize gay marriage, the parliament erupted in song.
A special song, a Maori love song called “Pokarekare Ana.” One solo voice started spontaneously; then almost all joined in. Perhaps it might serve to remind the U.S. Congress of what I think is the most memorable time they all sang together and the unity and sense of purpose they felt on September 11, 2001.