WELLINGTON, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- More than a quarter of the same-sex couples married in New Zealand in the first month since its marriage equality law came into effect were from abroad, including countries such as China, the United States and Britain, the registrar-general said Thursday.
Twenty-four of the 82 same-sex couples married since Aug. 19 came from six areas abroad, while the other 58 were New Zealand couples, registrar-general of births, deaths and marriages Jeff Montgomery said in a statement.
"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."
Forty-two female couples married, including seven couples from Australia, two from the Chinese mainland, one from Hong Kong and one from Britain.
Of the 40 male couples who married, six were from Australia, four from Thailand, one from China and one from the United States.
New Zealand became the first country in the Asia-Pacific region and the 13th in the world to allow same-sex marriages when it passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act earlier this year.