From: Human Rights Spanish Network
New Zealand recognizes same sex unions
Wellington, The New Zealand Herald.- The Civil Unions Bill was recently passed by Parliament. Parliament voted 65-55 to pass the controversial legislation which has polarized opinion and split political parties. The new legislation will become effective on April 26 next year, when couples can commit themselves to the new civil union.
The minister in charge of the bill, David Benson-Pope, said "Once this bill is passed, and the sky doesn't fall in, the opposition to it will very quickly evaporate,” he added , "It gives the simplest of things -- the formal recognition and respect by our laws for the individual choices of New Zealanders