Australians jump at Kiwi marriage

AIMEE GULLIVER
Last updated 16:32 24/01/2014

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Almost a third of the same-sex couples married in New Zealand since the law was changed last year are Australian, official figures show.

There were 361 same-sex marriages from August 19, 2013, when the law change was enacted, to December 19, figures from the Department of Internal Affairs show.

That included 202 New Zealand couples, registrar-general of births, deaths and marriages Jeff Montgomery said.

"We are seeing continued national and international interest by same-sex couples in getting married in New Zealand,'' Montgomery said.

"We expect the number of same-sex weddings to increase during the summer wedding season."

The Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act enabled couples to marry regardless of their gender or sexual orientation.

Marriage is now defined as "the union of two people, regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity".

New Zealand was the 13th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage.

MARRIAGE BY THE NUMBERS

Same-sex marriage statistics from 19 August to 19 December 2013. Country is based on usual residential address of each party.

Female-Female = 195 (of these 55 were a change of relationship from civil union)

- 47 couples from Australia

- 4 couples from China

- 4 couples from Hong Kong

- 4 couples from the United Kingdom

Male-Male = 166 (of these 47 were a change of relationship from civil union)

- 50 couples from Australia

- 6 couples from China

- 4 couples from Thailand

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