Over 100 same sex marriages already

Last updated 11:59 05/11/2013

BEAMING BRIDE: Vicky Irving stares into the eyes of her now wife Kim Earney on their wedding day in Christchurch in August.

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OUR NEIGHBOURS: Trent Kandler (left) and Paul McCarty (right) were the first Australian same-sex couple to wed in NZ. Their ceremony was inside the beautiful Te Papa marae.
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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.

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