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First ABS Statistics Since Australian Marriage Equality

Image: Our wedding in a New Zealand storm. 09/03/2017 Sarah Webber Photography.

It’s been a year since marriage equality passed the Australian parliament and the nice people at the Australian Bureau Of Statistics released some data to show us just how many same-sex marriages we celebrated in the first six months of this year.

In the 2016 Census, there were almost 46,800 same-sex households in Australia, which is 0.9 per cent of all couples living together in Australia. Almost two-thirds (63%) of same-sex couples were residing in New South Wales or Victoria.

In the first six months of this year, 3,149 same-sex weddings were celebrated in Australia, with 1,090 or 34.6% of those being held in New South Wales. Victoria held 825 or 26.2% of same-sex weddings and Queensland came third with 595 or 18.9%.

Women were more enthusiastic about marrying or more organised planners because 1,773 (56.3%) registered their marriages by 30 June 2018, compared to 1,376 (43.7%) male same-sex couples. Of these registered marriages, 85.8% (1,180) of males and 80.5% (1,427) of females had never been married before.

The median age at marriage for male same-sex couples as at 30 June 2018 was 48.5 years, compared to 39 years for female same-sex couples. The 20-44 years age range saw a higher proportion of females marrying, while male same-sex marriages outnumbered females in the 65 years of age and over range.

Saturday April 21 was the most popular day to tie the knot, March saw the most same-sex weddings (22.7%) and 99% of all same-sex marriages were officiated by civil celebrants.

So, happy one-year anniversary everyone. The LGBTIQ community paid a heavy price for marriage equality and we can’t say that the postal survey pain was worth it, but it’s hard to match the joy of waking up on December 9 2017 knowing that you could now legally marry the one you love or, as in our case, that your overseas wedding was now recognised in our own country.

Image: Our wedding in a New Zealand storm. 09/03/2017 Sarah Webber Photography.

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