When it comes to marriage statistics, it’s hard to know what to expect from the latest data.
Some data points can be surprising.
And some can be downright alarming.
Al Jazeera English spoke to some experts in marriage and family law, to learn more about marriage statistics and what you need to know about marriage and its effects on LGBTI people.
In some cases, these statistics may surprise you.
The data is complex and contradictory, so we asked some experts what they thought about the new numbers.
Here’s what they had to say.
Why do I need to be married?
Alain Fournier is the co-author of a book about marriage, Marriage and the Family, which was published in 2009.
He said it is crucial to understand how people get married in order to understand the consequences of same-gender marriage.
“I think people have a false impression of the process,” Fourniers told Al Jazeera.
“It’s a very long process, but in reality it’s very straightforward.”
“A marriage is not a declaration of a couple’s love.
The marriage certificate is just a document that is signed by the couple.”
The couple can sign it on the side of the road and it’s there for people to see, he said.
“The marriage certificate does not say that you and I are one and the same person.”
It doesn’t mean that marriage isn’t a choice, he added.
It simply means that the person involved can decide for themselves whether they want to get married, not someone else.
“Marriage is a choice that you make,” he said, adding that it is a personal choice that can be made in many different ways.
It can be a social choice, such as whether you want to live together or separate.
Or it can be an economic choice, which involves whether you are willing to take on debt.
The law also allows couples to choose whether they will pay taxes on their earnings. “
Marriage as we know it today is not possible without it.”
The law also allows couples to choose whether they will pay taxes on their earnings.
And many couples choose to share income with their partners.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean the government will provide services that are beneficial to all.
Fourniers said he would rather see government services that were provided to everyone, rather than services that only benefit one group.
“We are not advocating to abolish marriage, but to create new forms of marriage,” he told Alja.
“In the long term, there will always be a need to have some kind of social contract.”
How does same-day registration work?
Alaine Jardine, the director of the Family and Children Centre at the University of Western Australia, said the new data was “good news for people who are gay or lesbian”.
“We have a situation where same- sex couples can register for a marriage certificate, which is something we’ve never had to do before,” she told Aljazeera.
“So it’s really great news for the LGBTI community, for people in same- gender marriages, and also for the family court system.”
“We would like to see a greater number of same gender couples registering for marriage, so it’s not just about same- and same- sexes and same gender partners.”
But she also said that the data was not necessarily a reflection of what the government wanted.
“What’s interesting is that we do not know what the response will be from the Australian Human Rights Commission, and from the government, if they do want to see same- same- sexual couples register,” she said.
“But the bottom line is that it’s good news for those people.”
What are the effects of same sex marriage?
Marriage equality has had its fair share of controversy.
In December, the federal government announced it would repeal the controversial Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman.
In June, the Supreme Court ruled in favour of same sexual couples in the landmark case of Williams v Australia.
And in May, the Federal Court found that the Australian Capital Territory had failed to provide adequate safeguards to ensure that same-sexual couples would not be discriminated against under the Human Rights Act.
Some people have argued that same sex marriages have negative impacts on LGBTIQ people.
“When a person is denied a job, a place to live, a social network because they’re in a relationship with a same sex person, and they’re denied the right to access that social network, they are also denied access to that marriage certificate,” Jardines told Alijag.
“That is discrimination.”
Marriage Equality Australia said same–sex couples have been denied the opportunity to register for marriage because of the “dire lack of consultation”.
“This lack of communication is an absolute injustice,” the organisation said in a statement.
“Same-sex marriages and same sex partnerships are the best possible outcome for LGBTIQ Australians, with more than 30 per cent of Australian couples