Free Moa gig to celebrate same-sex marriage

CAROLINE KING
Last updated 11:23 16/04/2013

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LATEST: Singer Anika Moa will take to the stage for a free gig in Christchurch tomorrow to celebrate a historic milestone for same-sex couples - the right to marry.

The concert was to be held at the Pallet Pavilion, but poor weather has seen the event moved to the Pegasus Arms on Oxford Tce. 

Politicians will vote for the third and final time on the Marriage Equality Bill at parliament tomorrow night.

Based on the previous two readings the bill, championed by Labour MP Louisa Wall, looks set to pass and become law.

The bill passed its second reading 77-44, a drop in support of three votes from the first reading.

Roe Van Der Merwe organised the Love is Love concert after a search for events in the city to celebrate the turning point came up with nothing.

He said the event aimed to bring "like-minded people together" to mark the occasion.

Van Der Merwe said he was thrilled Moa agreed to be a part of the celebration.

"Obviously because she's a part of the community she was very keen to do it."

Moa came out as a lesbian in 2007 and has been in a civil union with Australian burlesque dancer Azaria Universe since 2010.

Her manager said she was unavailable for comment.

The event will also broadcast the reading of the bill, which is expected to go for two hours.

Van Der Merwe said pink champagne would be on hand to toast the law change.

He said it would have to be a "pure fluke" if it did not pass.

The Pegasus Arms is also screening the reading of the bill.

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