Gay rights advocates said that the parliamentary vote will represent a milestone in the struggle for equality as New Zealand is poised to legalise same-sex marriage. A bill that amends the 1955 Marriage Act to describe marriage as "a union of two people regardless of their sex, sexual orientation or gender identity" will have its third and final reading in parliament on Wednesday. The proposal is set to pass comfortably after receiving widespread support during two previous debates -- including backing from Prime Minister John Key -- with the most recent vote last month running at 77 votes for and 43 against. LegaliseLove Wellington co-ordinator Joseph Habgood said gay venues in the capital's nightclub strip planned to screen the vote live and host parties marking the occasion. "This will make a huge difference," he told AFP. "Not only for couples who want to get married but also for young people who are struggling with their sexuality." "This is parliament sending a message saying 'you matter, you are equal'." The lawmaker behind the reform is Louisa Wall, an openly gay member of the centre-left Labour Party who argues the institution of marriage needs to be updated to be more inclusive. "For me, if two people love each other and marry and commit to each other for the rest of their lives, it should be something we all celebrate," she said after submitting the bill last year. However, there has been opposition to the move, including from the conservative Family First group, which accuses politicians of undermining traditional male-female marriage under pressure from the gay lobby. "The definition of marriage should stay as traditionally and commonly conceived, not one manipulated by politics and political correctness," Family First co-ordinator Bob McCoskrie said.Source: AFP << Cryoneurolysis Safely Short Circuits Neuralgia: Research Mass Water Battle Held By China >> Recommended Reading Gay Marriage Opponents Called 'Homophobic' by Paris Protesters Critics of a gay marriage bill moving through parliament were denounced as "homophobic" by some 5,000 protesters in Paris on Wednesday. READ MORE US Republican Angst Prompted By Gay Marriage Momentum Republicans find themselves in a tightening political vice on the issue of Americans tilting toward support of gay marriage. READ MORE Anti-Gay Marriage Activists Continue to Protest in Paris With gay marriage looking increasingly likely to be legalized in France, tens of thousands of people protesting against any such legislation took out a protest march. READ MORE US Supreme Court to Oversee Fight for Gay Marriage When the US Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a landmark case, supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage are prepared to turn out in force in Washington. READ MORE Divorce: Pros and Cons Divorce can be traumatic for children and create a sense of insecurity amongst them. Couples should realize that joined parenting is important even after divorce. READ MORE How to Save your marriage You can save your marriage - even when your partner insists on a divorce. READ MORE Is Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married? The stigma linked to staying single is gradually disappearing. More people opt to stay single and many even claim to be happier. But there are both advantages and disadvantages to staying single. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Find a Hospital Fongitar (Zinc Pyrithionone) Iron Intake Calculator More News on: How to Save your marriageDivorce: Pros and ConsIs Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married?