TVNZ One News 3 May 2017
Family First Comment: No surprises.
As we have previously said, 58,540 traditional marriages of kiwis v 1,422 same-sex marriages of kiwis over the same period.
Since gay ‘marriage’ was passed, same-sex marriages have represented just over 2% of total marriages – despite claims of a huge demand for same-sex marriage.
During the same three-year period, ‘tourist’ same-sex ceremonies were half of total same-sex weddings in NZ, but ‘tourist’ traditional marriages were just 11% of total opposite-sex marriages.
Supporters of redefining marriage have had to rely on ‘marriage tourism’ to justify the change. The demand for same-sex marriage has been underwhelming.
Half of all same-sex marriages and civil unions in New Zealand last year were between couples from overseas.
This included 471 overseas couples coming into the country to celebrate their same-sex marriage or civil union, compared to 483 local resident couples, Statistics New Zealand said today.
“Couples from Australia accounted for 58 per cent of overseas same-sex couples coming here to marry,” population statistics senior manager Peter Dolan said.
“A further 17 per cent came from China.”
Of the same-sex couples coming from overseas, 21 per cent had one or both partners born in New Zealand, compared with 56 per cent of opposite-sex couples.
About 11 per cent of opposite-sex couples married in New Zealand in 2016 came from outside the country, Statistics New Zealand said.
This included 2490 overseas couples and 19,752 New Zealand resident couples celebrating opposite-sex marriages or civil unions in 2016.
Most couples preferred to marry than get civil unions – with 23,136 opposite-sex and same-sex marriages registered in New Zealand in 2016, compared to just 60 civil unions.