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361 same sex marriages since law change

361 same sex marriages since law change

Three hundred and sixty one same sex couples have got married in New Zealand from August to December 2013.

The figures show almost one third of the couples are Australian. The total figure of 361 includes 202 New Zealand couples, says Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Jeff Montgomery.

“We are seeing continued national and international interest by same sex couples in getting married in New Zealand."

"Couples need to fill out a notice of intended marriage form and then one of the couple needs to bring the form to a Registry Office, make a statutory declaration in front of a Registrar of Marriages and pay the fee. Births, Deaths and Marriages, and our agents have issued a number of marriage licences for same sex couples which are valid for three months. We expect the number of same sex weddings to increase during the summer ‘wedding season’.”

Same sex couples have been able to get married in New Zealand since 19 August 2013.

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