April 25th, 2013
10:39 AM ET

New Zealand on song over gay marriage

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.

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  1. Kacy

    New Zealand is strong brave and loyal and now shows deep compassion. We are very, very lucky to have her as our ally.

    April 25, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Reply
  2. lisa

    Why is there a picture of the Australian prime minister on a story about New Zealand?

    April 25, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Reply
    • rightospeak

      Because it is a propaganda piece, Lisa – anything goes.

      April 25, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Reply
    • Maja Verde

      Because Americans think NZ is an Australian colony.

      April 28, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Reply
  3. Darun Zahn

    Truly a beautiful moment in an unexpected way. Congratulations and thank you New Zealand!

    April 25, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Reply
    • JamesPeron

      It was a nice touch but this CNN writer has the facts wrong. See my post below.

      April 25, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Reply
  4. rightospeak

    The future of New Zealand and maybe even Australia will most likely be under the Communist Chinese flag-or the Globalist flag. They are implementing their agenda.

    April 25, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Reply
    • Joseph McCarthy

      I can personally guarantee you rightospeak, that neither Australia nor New Zealand will ever be under Chinese rule. China was never out to spread Communism by force and the only reason the went into North Korea back in 1950 was to keep that country from falling under UN domination. All this paranoia about China is and always has been no more than right-wing propaganda!

      April 25, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Reply
    • afghanmountaingoat

      China's agenda is gay marriage?

      April 26, 2013 at 4:19 am | Reply
  5. Jim

    That is disgusting

    April 25, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Reply
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Not exactly, Jim. If two men or two women want to marry, then let them I say. Why some people are gay whereas most people are not remains a mystery to this day!

      April 25, 2013 at 7:42 pm | Reply
      • Stellar17

        Civil Union by all means.

        April 26, 2013 at 4:49 am |
      • Beefburger

        What about two brothers marrying each other? It's all about being consenting adults, right? Don't be a bigoted Filophobe! I think that if you are arguing against my stand that you are secretly desiring relations with your brother!

        April 27, 2013 at 3:42 am |
  6. JamesPeron

    You should check your facts. Mr. Miks writes "One solo voice started spontaneously; them almost all joined in." There was nothing spontaneous here as the Speaker of the House had just announced the song about 15 seconds earlier. The speaker reminded the gallery that there would be a "waiata" following the close of the session. Waiata is Maori for song. And you will note, if you looked at the video, that people are holding pieces of paper, which had the words of the song on it.

    There is nothing wrong with this. It was a nice touch. But it was hardly spontaneous. And CNN writers really ought to check the facts first. If the video mentions a waiata and the writer is unfamiliar with the term, then a good journalist checks out the meaning first, otherwise they might end up with egg on their face when they state as factual something that is the polar opposite of the truth.

    April 25, 2013 at 9:11 pm | Reply
  7. Beefburger

    Well, how about we just go ahead and legalize it all? Why not let a brother and sister marry each other? After all they would be two consenting adults, it's all just about love isn't it? Maybe we are all wrong about NAMBLA too? After all, it's just about love.

    April 27, 2013 at 2:23 am | Reply
    • EdwardTr

      Beefburger, this means your parents could finally get married? Also sorry about your genetic disorder you got from duplicate recessive genes inherited from your aunt and uncle, ups I mean mother and father.

      April 27, 2013 at 9:43 am | Reply
  8. Pete

    It's a song about a banana that was once green and hard, but now has ripen and become soft which is now used for mash-banana...

    April 28, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Reply
  9. Antoon Schuller

    Children playing, a man and a woman kissing, people laughing, all things that warm our hearts and make good stories of romance, love and happyness, and make good music, good films. Two men kissing untill now did nothing of the kind. It is about time for everybody to look inside ourself and consult our own and real feelings, without bothering with what we read and hear say.

    April 28, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Reply
  10. Jenny McClure

    Not sure that the Australian Prime minister would know the words to Pokarekare Ana.

    May 1, 2013 at 3:50 am | Reply
  11. Raz

    The Australian Prime Minister singing Pokarekare ana? It's bad enough she doesnt' know how to greet in Aboriginal Language. Good on you NZ

    May 9, 2013 at 1:15 am | Reply

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