Gay marriage, and a reason to sing…

Yesterday I was talking about the power of singing. Today I saw this in the Guardian, and it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.

Whatever your views on gay marriage (and I have made mine pretty clear on this blog) you can not escape the burst of exuberant joy let loose in the NZ parliament. It was like captives being freed. What was lost had now been found;


New Zealand becomes the first country in the Asia Pacific to legalise same sex marriage. The public gallery in parliament breaks into song following the vote, singing the traditional Maori love song Pokarekare Ana. New Zealand is now the 13th country to legalise gay marriage, after Uruguay passed its law earlier in April