Over 100 same sex marriages already
More than 100 same-sex couples have tied the knot in New Zealand, although a dozen have already left for overseas.
Statistics New Zealand figures released this morning show there were 117 same-sex marriages in the September quarter, the first since the same-sex exchanging of marriage vows was legalised in April.
The first same-sex couple married on August 19.
The newlyweds included 56 male and 61 female couples. Only 77 of the couples were Kiwis with the rest making a special trip to New Zealand from overseas to legally exchange vows.
Among them were also 45 couples who traded in a civil union for a marriage.
However, people have not completely abandoned civil union, with 30 same-sex couples still entering into a union during the quarter.