A year on: One third of NZ gay marriages are of Aussie couples
A year on since the passing of marriage equality laws in New Zealand, it has been revealed that almost a third of all same-sex marriages performed so far are of couples from Australia.
On April 17, 2013, New Zealand’s parliament legalised gay marriage. The bill redefined marriage as a union between two people, rather than a man and a woman.
Figures released by New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs show that from August 19, 2013, when the law became operational, to March 31, 2014, there was a total of 385 female couples and 285 male couples.
Of these, nearly a third of the couples were Australian citizens.
Ivan Hinton-Teoh, Deputy Director of Australian Marriage Equality, said the data not only highlighted Australia’s unequal treatment of same-sex couples, but also underscored the pressing need for laws recognising overseas same-sex marriages.
Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young recently revealed her plans to introduce a bill calling for legal recognition of same-sex marriage performed overseas.
“While New Zealand provides for freedom and dignity for all people these marriages are still not recognised in Australia,” Hinton-Teoh said.
“We encourage federal politicians to support Senator Sarah Hanson Young’s bill to recognise all overseas marriages.”