British actor Sir Ian McKellen has
recorded a video calling on New Zealand to legalize gay marriage.
Sir Ian is known for playing Gandalf in
the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, movies
which were filmed in New Zealand.
In a 60-second video recorded for the
New Zealand Green Party, McKellen, who has previously been linked
romantically to at least one New Zealander, Nick Cuthell, hinted that
he may use the new law himself.
“Ever since New Zealand gave women
the vote before any other country in the world, the rest of the world
has looked at New Zealand for social advance,” McKellen said. “And
here we are again. And this time at the exciting prospect of
possibility of people of the same gender being able to get married
and join the rest of the population.”
“I hope that by the time I get back
to Middle Earth I might even be able to get married,” he added in a
whisper. “Good luck.” (The video is embedded on this page.
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Debate on a gay marriage bill is
expected to resume in March after a period of public input.