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Marriage and Civil Unions: New Zealand Statistics for the Woefully Uninformed

19 Aug

As a follow-on to this post, it would seem that a great deal of opponents to the same-sex marriage bill don’t really understand how statistics work. I’d like to think they do and they’re deliberately twisting the numbers to suit their cause, but I feel that would be giving them a little too much credit.

Garth George claimed in his column that 4% of New Zealanders are “homosexual or lesbian”. Let us pretend, for the purposes of this discussion, that this is accurate (my feeling is that the number of queer people in New Zealand is higher, though there have been no measurements of the number of LGBTIQQA people in New Zealand), and let us also pretend that this 4% are strictly gay or lesbian (so only romantically interested in those of the same gender).

And then someone can explain to me why the difference between 0.61% and 0.17% is apparently justification to continue denying human rights to LGBTIQQA people

YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 2011
Population of New Zealanders 16 years and over: 3,452,100
Population of straight New Zealanders: 3,314,016
Population of gay/lesbian New Zealanders: 138,084
Number of marriages: 20,231
Percentage of marriages per 16+ straight population: 0.61%
Number of same-sex civil unions: 232
Percentage of same-sex civil unions per 16+ gay/lesbian population: 0.17%

YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 2010
Population of New Zealanders 16 years and over: 3,413,600
Population of straight New Zealanders: 3,277,056
Population of gay/lesbian New Zealanders: 136,544
Number of marriages: 20,900
Percentage of marriages per 16+ straight population: 0.64%
Number of same-sex civil unions: 199
Percentage of same-sex civil unions per 16+ gay/lesbian population: 0.15%

YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 2009
Population of New Zealanders 16 years and over: 3,364,600
Population of straight New Zealanders: 3,230,016
Population of gay/lesbian New Zealanders: 134,584
Number of marriages: 21,600
Percentage of marriages per 16+ straight population: 0.67%
Number of same-sex civil unions: 255
Percentage of same-sex civil unions per 16+ gay/lesbian population: 0.18%

YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 2008
Population of New Zealanders 16 years and over: 3,318,300
Population of straight New Zealanders: 3,185,568
Population of gay/lesbian New Zealanders: 132,732
Number of marriages: 21,900
Percentage of marriages per 16+ straight population: 0.69%
Number of same-sex civil unions: 255
Percentage of same-sex civil unions per 16+ gay/lesbian population: 0.19%

YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 2007
Population of New Zealanders 16 years and over: 3,278,100
Population of straight New Zealanders: 3,146,976
Population of gay/lesbian New Zealanders: 131,124
Number of marriages: 21,500
Percentage of marriages per 16+ straight population: 0.68%
Number of same-sex civil unions: 253
Percentage of same-sex civil unions per 16+ gay/lesbian population: 0.19%

YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 2006
Population of New Zealanders 16 years and over: 3,233,000
Population of straight New Zealanders: 3,103,680
Population of gay/lesbian New Zealanders: 129,320
Number of marriages: 21,500
Percentage of marriages per 16+ straight population: 0.69%
Number of same-sex civil unions: 318
Percentage of same-sex civil unions per 16+ gay/lesbian population: 0.25%

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3 Comments

Posted by on August 19, 2012 in LGBTIQQA

 

3 responses to “Marriage and Civil Unions: New Zealand Statistics for the Woefully Uninformed

  1. liam

    September 15, 2012 at 23:36

    Bullseye as usual

     
    • MJ

      September 15, 2012 at 23:38

      I see you lurking on mah blog!

       
    • MJ

      September 15, 2012 at 23:38

      Also, I’m not kiwianainked on reddit. 😛

       

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