Familiar faces get behind gay marriage bill

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Last updated 09:53 06/12/2012

New Zealand identities have put their support behind gay marriage.

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Well-known New Zealanders have banded together in a new video to show solidarity for the proposed Marriage Amendment Bill.

Former Governor General Dame Cath Tizard, Olympian Danyon Loader, supermodel Rachel Hunter and psychologist Nigel Latta are among the more than 20 Kiwi icons who took part in filming the video in Auckland.

The Definition of Marriage Amendment Bill, sponsored by Labour MP Louisa Wall, passed its first reading in Parliament in August by a convincing 80 votes to 40.

Numbers were bolstered at the last minute after several National MPs offered initial support so it can now be considered by a select committee which will hear from the public.

Video co-producer, television personality Tamati Coffey said filming the video has been history in the making.

"Some of this country's most recognisable faces have turned up with their hearts and values firmly on their sleeves, getting behind the right for everyone to be able to get married.

"At its heart, it's a very straightforward issue. It's about people's human rights to share a commitment and build a family - whoever you are."

The video would be released online as a call to action to Kiwis to support the proposed legislation, he said.

"We have made this stand for the future of New Zealand - to make it a country we can all be proud of."

Many Western countries, including Canada, South Africa, Spain, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Denmark, Portugal and Iceland, already have marriage equality laws in place.

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