Wednesday, April 17, 2013
A Sense of Palpable National Pride
I woke up this morning to the news that New Zealand was the latest nation to vote in marriage equality. However, I didn't expect to see what I saw in the article I was reading. The people gathered in their parliament began singing. Later, I found out that the song is called "Pokarekare Ana," and it is a traditional Maori love song (and the unofficial national anthem). I was moved to tears listening to that expression of pure joy. I was moved to tears to know that the GLBT community in New Zealand knew, in that moment, that its government had its back. I was also moved to tears, because I know that I would never see something like that happen in our legislature. So, I offer a hearty congratulations to the Kiwis. You've made many, many people around the world very, very happy today.
Posted by hscfree at 4:17 PM