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I just want you to imagine with me for a moment.

Imagine you've found a person that completes you, that makes you feel happiness that you never thought possible.

They make you laugh.

They wipe away your tears.

You melt in their embrace.

Their kisses leave you breathless.

Their body, mind and soul, fit yours in what can only be described as perfection. To say you're in love with this person, is almost an understatement. You adore them. Everything they are, and everything they do.

Finally, the time in your lives comes when you want to be bonded together in a meaningful, significant way. You want to get married.

Now imagine, that you encounter a problem.

Nothing is wrong with the rings, a sparkling matching set. It's not that you're not in love, you're love is pure and unhindered. The problem, is an outdated law. One that needed to be challenged years ago.

By now you will have realised that I've been asking you to imagine this scenario without hinting at gender, or sexuality. You filled that in yourself though, didn't you? So now that I revealed that this scenario was based on a homosexual couple, don't you see that no matter the gender, the feelings are exactly the same? When it comes down to it, love is love.

This is a country where we pride ourselves in our equality. After all, we were the first country to give women the vote- a fact that many New Zealander's are able to recall with pride in their hearts!

Yet when it comes to something as joyous, and beautiful as two people joining as one in marriage, for some of our citizens, because of that one outdated law, it gets so much more complicated.

Love, just like marriage, is beautiful. So let's make marriage, just like love, free for all.

Please support the gay marriage bill that is being reviewed by the NZ government! Support equal rights for all NZ citizens!

(Hannah Stevenson, 17 y/o. 30/07/2012)
A members bill to allow same sex couples to marry was drawn from a ballot and will be debated by the New Zealand Parliament - potentially as early as next month.

This is HUGE. Seriously, HUGE. Society has already come so far, I am ecstatic that this bill is even being debated, and I have high hopes for it to pass! Our Prime Minister, John Key, has taken a huge chance in openly supporting gay marriage (which he announced shortly after Obama) and now he has said he will be voting YES to the same sex marriage bill!

Come on New Zealand, let's make history for our small country. <3
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latvia-lovi Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yay!!!!!! I wish California was like that! I'm not gay but I support it.
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giygas1 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
go new zealand! hope that bill gets passed and you guys and gals live happy lives
some random 15 year old from the united states of idiocy :)
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MissHannahCellaneous Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for your support :D I'm really hopeful!
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giygas1 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
lets be honest, hopefully most people are
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StefansLittleLove Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish that would happen here....my state just added an amendment that prohibits us further rights to our state constitution :(
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MissHannahCellaneous Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What state are you in? That's terrible!
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StefansLittleLove Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
North Carolina
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MissHannahCellaneous Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh okay. Well it's a shame..
Are civil unions allowed?
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StefansLittleLove Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nope :(
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MissHannahCellaneous Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really?! That's terrible! ):
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StefansLittleLove Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i know it really sucks...and I just got engaged :/
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MissHannahCellaneous Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well congrats on the engagement! If I was in America I'd go to NY to get married. :D
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MandyB82 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Oh wow! I was somehow under the impression that NZ had already okayed same sex marriage...well I'm glad your PM is voting yes on it now! :happybounce:

Now if only the backward US state I live in (and the surrounding ones) would get on the ball.
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MissHannahCellaneous Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Civil unions, yes. Marriage, NOT YET. :D
I know! He's getting some stick because 7 years ago he wouldn't back it, but society has changed so much since then. I'm proud to have him as my PM!

What state are you in? America is at least making progress, hope for the best. <3
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MandyB82 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Ahh I see...well hopefully he sticks by what he said he will do, and votes yes on it!

I live in Kentucky...smack dab in the Bible Belt :dead:.
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MissHannahCellaneous Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohh dear... Not very accepting then. :/
I'm sorry about that. I'm a Christian, but I don't understand people like that. I'm bisexual, but the God I know doesn't care either way!
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MandyB82 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
It seems that it's mostly American Christians who fall for the whole "it's a sin" lie...makes me want to leave the country :(.
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V-e-r-b-o-s-e Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
As a gay Christian, I would like to point out that not all Christians are against homosexuality, in fact, most aren't. While America still has a while to go, I am happy to be here as I remind you that in many other countries homosexuality is either punishable by death or cruel or unusual punishment. Also, religions besides Christianity say that homosexuality is a sin, not just Christianity. (I don't mean to be mean, I really don't. I just don't like people who vilify solely Christianity)
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MandyB82 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
I know :hug:. It's just that I was raised in a very strict Baptist family and was brainwashed into thinking that nearly everything was a sin...and it's kinda made me a little bitter. I'm sorry if I offended you.
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V-e-r-b-o-s-e Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
I'm not offended, I just want to set the record straight. I especially don't want the LGBT acceptance movement to be anti-Christian, just anti-discriminatory. Thanks for the hug =)
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MissHannahCellaneous Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Mmm, I've talked to some very closed minded Americans on the issue... It's a real shame. I hope something can be done to change their ways!
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MandyB82 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
I hope so too, and I hope I can see it in my lifetime (there's good chance of that, seeing as how I'm only 29 ^^)
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MissHannahCellaneous Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That would be great, I hope so too!
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America is slowly working towards it. I hope Ohio will throw out that law and allow me to someday marry my lovely girlfriend.
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MissHannahCellaneous Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
America is making great progress!
I hope that will happen for you, eventually I hope to do the same here in New Zealand. (:
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Yay! I hope it works out for you in New Zealand.
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MissHannahCellaneous Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! ^^
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5ninjasonastickynote Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm glad you set it up like you did.
This law should have never existed and I'm hoping all the states in the us will legalize same sex marriage soon!
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MissHannahCellaneous Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! If that was to happened in America (which I hope it does in the near future) I can see it having a snowball effect with other countries following suit! (:
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5ninjasonastickynote Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah. But that requires more people opening up first and accepting things. Maybe articles like this one will show people it's all the same they just have more rights.
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MissHannahCellaneous Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope so! c:
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Duchesse2 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student General Artist
hope Austria will legalize gay marriage someday, too...

that is great, really!
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MissHannahCellaneous Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It would be great if Austria joined the growing list of countries with marriage equality, just keep having hope. <3
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WaterbendingQueer Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student General Artist
That law isn't outdated, it should have NEVER existed!
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MissHannahCellaneous Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very good point, but as it does indeed exist, now is the time to set things right!
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WaterbendingQueer Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student General Artist
=)

Yay! With you. Advocate all the way. =P
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silvertitan93 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is awesome!
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MissHannahCellaneous Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. (:
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TheButterflyOfHope Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is great! And I hope New Zealand gets it! :D Ohh how I wish Australia could be next...:heart:
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MissHannahCellaneous Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's rather nerve-racking having the fate of something that will effect me and many others so significantly resting on the votes of politians... I hope they make the right choice!
Maybe if New Zealand abolishes the law, it will encourage Australia to follow suit. (:
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TheButterflyOfHope Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
So do I! It is quite nerve-racking! :) I really hope so.
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