One quarter of NZ same-sex marriages are Australian
Since passing legislation last year allowing same-sex marriage, over one quarter of the couples taking advantage of the law have been Australian.
When the law came into effect on August 19, marriage was then defined as “the union of two people, regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity”.
Department of Internal Affairs statistics released last week showed that 361 same-sex couples were married in the four months to December 19, with 195 female couples and 166 male couples. Of the marriages enacted, 102 were changes made from civil partnerships.
Of them, 97 couples were Australians with 50 being male couples and 47 female, about 26 per cent. Others included 10 Chinese couples, four from Hong Kong, four from Britain and four from Thailand. Two marriages between people of 'indeterminate gender' were also enacted.
“We are seeing continued national and international interest by same sex couples in getting married in New Zealand,” Births, Deaths and Marriages registrar-general Jeff Montgomery said.
“We expect to continue to see a number of overseas same-sex couples choosing New Zealand for their weddings, particularly given recent Australian court decisions.”
Montgomery also said the number of same-sex weddings was also expected to increase during the summer wedding season.