The proposed legislation passed it second reading tonight by 77 votes in favour, with 44 votes opposed.
"This was a second ringing endorsement for marriage equality,â says pokesperson for the Marriage Equality Campaign, Conrad Reyners.
âParliament has listened to the voices of thousands of New Zealanders, many of who explained how positive and important this change was for their dignity and their lives.â
Reyners is thanking all those who contacted their MPs, spoke with their friends and whÄnau, or who submitted to the Select Committee.
âYour hard work has been rewarded today,â he says.
"This debate has been controversial and we recognise the depth of feeling on all sides. We are proud to see Parliament voting with the majority of ordinary kiwis who know marriage is about love, family and commitment,â he continues.
"This vote is another step forward for love, for fairness and for equal treatment before the law. Marriage Equality is a global movement, and we are proud of the New Zealand Parliament for taking the next step towards full legal equality for LGBT kiwis.â
The Bill must now pass through its Committee stage and third
reading, which could happen as early as next month.