WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Over 80 gay couples, including 24 from abroad, tied the knot in New Zealand since marriage equality came into effect a month ago, figures showed Friday.
Authorities say they expect a sharp rise in numbers as the country emerges from winter into spring and summer, traditionally more popular seasons for marriage.
As of August 19, New Zealand became the 14th nation in the world, and the first in Asia-Pacific, to legalise same-sex marriage. There have been 82 registered gay marriages, said Jeff Montgomery, the registrar-general of births, deaths and marriages, in a statement cited by AFP.
“We are seeing continued national and international interest by same-sex couples in getting married in New Zealand,” he said.
“We expect the number of same-sex weddings to increase as we move into spring.”
Of the 82 weddings, 42 were female and 40 male.
The 24 overseas same-sex couples who have travelled to New Zealand to get married included 13 from Australia, four from Thailand, three from China, and one each from Hong Kong, Britain, and the United States, as well as a Filipino-U.S. couple.
In April this year New Zealand’s parliament voted for marriage equality, which came into effect this August.