Same sex couples favour marriage

BEN HEATHER
Last updated 11:40 05/02/2014

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Same-sex couples are spurning civil unions in favour of marriage, with more than 300 tying the knot since the law was changed last year.

Provisional figures released by Statistics New Zealand today show there were 355 same-sex marriages in the second half of last year.

These included 190 female couples and 165 male couples. Of the 355 same-sex marriages 103 were couples were switching from their civil unions.

Meanwhile the number of people opting for a civil union had slowed to a trickle.

Only seven same-sex couples entered a civil union in the last three months of 2013, with the unions now more popular among heterosexual couples.

Civil unions were introduced as alternative to marriage for same-sex couple in 2005, giving them the same legal rights as a married couple.

However, marriage-equality laws passed last July mean same-sex couples can now wed in name as well as law.

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