IN the first month that same-sex couples have been able to tie the knot in New Zealand, more than 80 couples have walked down the aisle towards wedded bliss.
Figures from the Department of Internal Affairs show that since August 19 – the first day same-sex couples could get married – 82 have taken the plunge.
Of those, 24 couples came from overseas, including Australia, China, Hong Kong, the US, Britain and Thailand, Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriages Jeff Montgomery says.
“We are seeing continued national and international interest by same sex couples in getting married in New Zealand.”
Montgomery expects the number of same-sex marriages to increase heading into spring.
Almost 40 of the marriages were a change of relationship from a civil union.
There was an almost even split in the number of female couples and male couples getting married.