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First ABS Statistics Since Australian Marriage Equality



It's been one year since Australia achieved marriage equality and the ABS has released some stats on what that  means to real LGBTIQ couples.

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.


This week is the first anniversary of marriage equality in Australia & new ABS stats show just how many of us have taen the plunge in the first 6 months of 2018.

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

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