New Zealand has become the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to legalise same-sex marriage.
Civil unions between same-sex couples have been allowed in New Zealand since 2005. The new law will allow same-sex couples to enjoy all the same rights as any married couple. This includes adoption and having the marriage recognized in other countries.
As the country's House of Representatives passed a bill allowing the same, with 77 votes in favour and 44 against, spectators in the gallery started singing the love song “Pokarekare Ana.”