By Caleb Stephen, Editor in Chief
Since so-called gay “marriage” was legalised in August 2013 in New Zealand, there have been just 1,422 same-sex “marriages” of Kiwis and 58,540 traditional heterosexual marriages (as of December 2016 statistics). The same-sex “weddings,” represent just over a measly 2% of total marriages – despite media hype and activists’ claims of a huge demand for same-sex marriage in New Zealand.
And now in May 2017, we have the latest report revealing that half of all same-sex “marriages” in the last year alone were international couples who came to New Zealand to tie the knot. Not surprisingly, the great majority of those couples (58%) came from Australia.
Supporters of redefining scientifically and Biblically grounded, traditional heterosexual marriage have had to rely on “marriage tourism” to justify the change and prop up their campaign. Needless to say, the demand for same-sex “marriage” in the country has been underwhelmingly insignificant.
TV NZ reports:
Half of all same-sex marriages and civil unions in New Zealand last year were between couples from overseas.
“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 2,490 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.
Editor’s note: The Statistics New Zealand report can be downloaded here.