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New Zealand legalizes gay marriage

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand became the first Asia-Pacific nation to legalize same-sex marriage ­after a parliamentary vote Wednesday, 27 years after sexual relations between men were decriminalized.

The third and final reading of the Marriage Equality Bill passed 77 to 44. The legislation amends 1955 laws so that all adults in New Zealand, including those identified as transgender or transsexual, can marry.

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