According to figures released by Statistics New Zealand, only one in ten gay couples now request a civil union.

Gay marriage was legalised in New Zealand in August 2013, and over 350 same-sex couples have been married so far. 190 of these marriages were female couples.

Happily, critics that said gay marriage would mean the end of marriage as a whole have been proved wrong; in 2013, there were 21,355 new marriages in New Zealand, regardless of sexuality.

As reported in the New Zealand Herald, Queenstown marriage celebrant Phillipa Cook has been kept busy organising same sex weddings ever since gay marriage became legal – mostly for Australian couples visiting New Zealand to get hitched.

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