It looks like France’s marriage equality bill would have effects around the globe in the South Pacific, Gay Star News reports:
French Polynesia, containing around 130 islands including Tahiti, was officially colonized by France in the late nineteenth century. In 1946 Polynesians were granted French citizenship and the islands’ status was changed to overseas territory. In 1977 the islands were granted partial autonomy and in 2003 the territory’s status was changed to overseas collectivity, an administrative division similar to the regions of France. French law applies to overseas collectivities and French Polynesians can vote in France’s elections.
Think this will push New Zealand and Australia to finally start moving on marriage equality?