Slim majority backs gay marriage bill

NZ Herald 27 Aug 2012
A bill to legalise same-sex marriage will pass its first hurdle when it comes before Parliament this week, a Herald poll of MPs shows. A straw poll found that a slender majority of 61 MPs wanted Labour MP Louisa Wall’s bill to progress at least to the select committee stage. Several more MPs had not committed themselves to a decision yesterday but said they were likely to back the bill at the first reading on Wednesday. It will be decided by conscience vote instead of along party lines and needs 61 votes to pass.
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