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At some point tonight, New Zealand.

Timothy Kincaid

April 17th, 2013

At some point tonight, New Zealand’s parliament is scheduled to enact marriage equality. Following closely on the heels of Uruguay, it makes tis month almost breath-taking.

But while it is indeed momentous, as Green Party MP Kevin Hague reminds us, in many ways it is not.

“People will not marry their pets. Ministers will not be thrown into prison. People will not be prevented from using the words husband and wife or bride and bridegroom. Teachers won’t have any restrictions on what they can teach. And opposition which is based on these fears will melt away.”

It is unique in that its a day when a nation’s citizens become more equal. And yet it’s a day in which most will not be impacted in the way they fear. Yes it’s a glorious day for all Kiwis, both those who will celebrate change and those who are about to be disemburdened from fears that are insubstantial.

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Duncan
April 17th, 2013 | LINK

77 to 44. Done and done.