New Zealand’s legislature has passed the country’s first law legalizing same-sex marriage, making it the first nation in the world to approve such a measure.
The parliament voted Tuesday to move forward with the legislation, which also allows same-seam marriages to be performed in public spaces.
A majority of the lawmakers voted for the bill, which is supported by the majority of New Zealanders.
The move comes less than two months after the country became the first to approve same-gender marriage.
The country legalized same- sex marriage in 2015.
Same-sex marriages are legal in New Zealand but same- gender couples are not allowed to marry in the country.
“The country has made great strides over the past two years towards ending discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people,” said Labor’s LGBT spokesman Scott Key, according to the New Zealand Herald.
“This law will ensure that everyone in New South Wales can be treated equally under the law and I look forward to working with all parties to ensure this is achieved.”
New Zealand was the first country to allow same- and opposite-sex couples to marry, which led to the creation of a law known as “the Equality Act.”
“The new law will protect the rights of all New Zealand citizens regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or gender expression recognition,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a statement after the vote.
Key added that the law would also help promote tolerance, equality and diversity in New York, a state with a history of anti-LGBT laws.
“I want to thank the thousands of New Yorkers who have joined the campaign against bigotry, homophobia and anti-Semitism,” Arderns statement read.
New Zealand will now be the third country in the U.S. to legalize same-day marriage.
In 2016, New York became the 12th state to legalize the practice, following Hawaii and Minnesota.
New York’s law, which was signed by Gov.
Andrew Cuomo in April 2016, allows same sex couples to register their marriages in person at a government facility, which allows them to marry.
The governor has said he is a supporter of same- or opposite-gender marriages.
New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie signed a similar bill in 2017.
Christie has also said he supports same-Sex marriage, and has pledged to veto a bill that would allow same sex marriage on religious grounds.
Christie’s statement said the governor will review the bill and will make a decision in 2019.
“With the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, I look to the next generation of New Jerseyans to lead this state forward,” Christie said in his statement.
“New Jerseyers deserve better than this bill and I want to be sure this law stands the test of time.”
Christie’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News.
“A vote for same-SAME marriage is the beginning of the end of our state’s discriminatory legacy of anti-[LGBT] bigotry,” Christie spokesman Matt Miller said in the statement.
In the wake of the vote, New Jersey was the only state to pass a law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, public accommodations, education, employment and government contracting.
New Mexico’s legislature also approved a similar measure, but lawmakers are yet to finalize the bill.
Other states in the South Dakota, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Dakota have also legalized same sex marriages.
In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office said Tuesday that the mayor would continue to fight for equal rights for gay and lesbian New Yorkers.
“We are going to continue fighting,” de Blasio told reporters at a press conference.
We’re not going to let that happen.” “
If the governor is going to veto this bill, that will be the end.
We’re not going to let that happen.”
New York is the only U.N. member state to have legalized same gender marriage.
New Hampshire and Rhode Island are the only other U.K. states to have legalized same- marriage, as are New York and Oregon.
The U.C. Davis Institute, a conservative legal organization, estimates that more than 1.3 million same-sexual couples live in the United States.
According to the group, at least 4.4 million same sex relationships have been registered in New England.