New Zealand: Five percent of marriages were between gay couples in first four months of equal marriage
In the first four months of same-sex couples having the legal right to marry in New Zealand, almost 5% of marriages are now between gay couples.
The figure took some by surprise, and indicated that same-sex marriage may be far more popular than civil unions.
In the seven years civil unions were available, those between couples of the same sex made up only 1.1% of all marriages and civil unions.
Some have said that it may simply be a temporary surge in marriages which has spiked the figures, however, as there was likely a rush of gay couples marrying after same-sex marriage became legal back on 19 August.
The figures, provided by the Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Jeff Montgomery, also showed that 131 foreign same-sex couples also married in the country between 19 August and 19 December 2014.
Out of these couples, 88 were from Australia.
“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,” Mr Montgomery said.
Same-sex couples made up 6.9% of marriages, and 4.7% of marriages between same-sex New Zealand couples.
But the Federal Government challenged the decision, saying it was inconsistent with federal laws.