I was born and still live in a small country with a population of 4.4 million. About 7 years ago we passed a civil union act allowing legal recognition of all relationships, then last year we became the 13th country on the planet, and the first in the Asia Pacific region to recognise marriage equality. The act simply removed all reference to gender in the marriage act. Of course those opposed predicted the fall of society itself (didn't happen). I am openly gay and will be 65 in 7 days. At the end of this year I plan to marry my long term lover and when I go into the grave I will do so knowing that my country is as proud of me as I am of it, and guess what folks that is a great feeling. To everyone fighting for the cause in the US, I offer my sincerest best wishes.
When it comes to choosing your next presidential nominee please remember Hilary was before Obama in supporting gay equality, Hilary is a female candidate in a country that (shamefully) has never had a female President. Yes, she probably is not perfect but I challenge you to name a politician who is. I am a NZ Green party member but a realist and would always support someone who supports equality for all of us. All of our countries have some historical moments (and sometimes centuries) that make us cringe at times but they also all have moments that make us so glad of where we live and what we have achieved. Incidentally, my country, New Zealand was also the very first country in the world to allow women to vote. The US will soon have an opportunity to allow a woman to aspire to the most powerful political position in the world. I am asking that you all show the same courage and foresight as your founding fathers did, oh so long ago.
If Hilary ever reads this and I hope she does let me know if you need someone to lobby the sizeable GLBT population there.
In the language of my mothers people Kia Kaha (be strong) Ka Whawhai Tonou Matou (we will figght forever)