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70% fewer civil partnerships in 2014

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Drop follows introduction of same sex marriages

  • The number of new civil partnerships dropped from 5,646 in 2013 to 1,683 in 2014, according to the latest bulletins on same sex marriages and civil partnerships from the Office of National Statistics. 

    At the same time the number of same sex marriages created since their introduction in March 2014 and June 2015 now stands at 7,366.

    In addition 7,732 couples converted their existing civil partnership into a marriage between 10 December 2014 and 30 June 2015.

    The switch to same sex marriage is vividly illustrated by the graph below: 

    graph of decline in civil partnerships since introduction of same sex marriage source: Office for National Statistics

    Other points highlighted by the ONS are that:

    • The mean age of men forming a civil partnership in England and Wales in 2014 was 43.6 years, while for women it was 42.3 years, increasing by 3 years for men and 4 years for women since 2013. This is the largest annual increase in the mean age at formation since civil partnerships were introduced in 2005.
    • Over half (57%) of civil partnerships were between males in 2014; a change from 2013 when only 47% of partnerships were between males.
    • The number of civil partnership dissolutions granted in 2014 was 1,061, an increase of 8.9% since 2013.

    The full bulletin can be found on the ONS website.


Published: 20/10/2015
, and was last reviewed on 20/10/2015

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