Obama’s marriage endorsement continues to have impact abroad

From the Associated Press:

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand lawmakers on Wednesday overwhelmingly cast a first vote in favor of a gay marriage bill that was given impetus by President Barack Obama’s public support of the issue.

The 80 to 40 vote in front of a packed and cheering public gallery was the first of three votes Parliament must hold before the bill can become law…

The proposed changes can be directly traced to Obama’s declaration in May in support of gay marriage. That prompted center-right Prime Minister John Key to break his long silence on the issue by saying he was “not personally opposed” to the idea. Then lawmaker Louisa Wall, from the opposition Labour Party, put forward a bill she had previously drafted.

“If I’m really honest, I think the catalyst was around Obama’s announcement, and then obviously our prime minister came out very early in support, as did the leader of my party, David Shearer,” Wall told The Associated Press. “The timing was right.”

Wall, 40, is openly gay. She represented the country in both netball and rugby before turning to politics, a background she said helps give her focus.

Can anyone please tell me what netball is?


2 thoughts on “Obama’s marriage endorsement continues to have impact abroad

  1. Netball is the sport that every girl who ever went to school in a Commonwealth country had to play. It’s kind of like basketball, except you can’t bounce the ball, or move with it, or move outside of certain areas of the court (depending on your position). You score points by throwing a ball throw a hoop and a net, like basketball. Except there is no backboard. It’s pretty big in NZ, who traditionally has had very good teams and a fierce rivalry with Australia.

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