Kiwis get divorced at the same rate whether they get hitched in a civil union or church wedding – NZ Herald (7th January 2017)
Auckland-based celebrant Sheryl Mungall believed civil unions could soon be a thing of the past.
“Civil unions were really just a prelude to the arrival of same-sex marriages in New Zealand in 2013,” she said.
“Some people like civil unions because there is less of a religious element to them but most of these unions don’t seem to last any longer than traditional marriages.
“People are people, no matter what they sign or promise. If they want out, they want out … I’m afraid it is just human nature.”
“I think the civil unions were brought in really to appease the gay community but they have never really taken off,” Mungall said. “Gay people thought it wasn’t good enough and that they were still being treated as second-class citizens because it did not include the word marriage.”
Out of 800 or so ceremonies Mungall has performed down the years, fewer than 10 have been civil unions, she said.
“I expect civil unions will eventually drop off the radar.”