New Zealand Advances Marriage Equality Bill

Lawmakers in New Zealand’s Parliament approved a marriage equality bill today with a vote of 80-40, mirroring the two-thirds of the country that similarly favors same-sex marriage. The country currently offers civil unions, but they do not allow for joint adoption. Prime Minister John Key first broke his silence on the issue shortly after President Obama expressed his support back in May. The Parliament must pass the bill two more times before it becomes law.