OneNews 19 August 2014
The tourism industry has been given a boost by the legislation of gay marriage with new figures revealing a quarter of same-sex couples married have been Australian.
Nearly 1,000 same-sex couples have been married since the passing of the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act one year ago.
The Department of Internal Affairs says provisional figures show 532 of the couples were New Zealanders while 237 were Australian.
Same-sex marriage stats:
• Female-Female = 520 (of these 119 were a change of relationship from civil union)
o 333 couples from New Zealand
o 118 couples from Australia
o 11 couples from China
o nine couples from Singapore
o seven couples from United Kingdom
• Male-Male = 406 (of these 95 were a change of relationship from civil union)
o 199 couples from New Zealand
o 120 couples from Australia
o 17 couples from China
o six couples from Thailand
o six couples from the United Kingdom
• Civil Unions = 66 (equivalent period 2012/13 = 331)
o 15 were female couples
o 13 were male couples
o 38 were male/female couples