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Figures published latest marriages in England and Wales statistics from the ONS

  • Same sex partners getting married overwhelmingly undertake civil ceremonies, according to the latest ONS figures for marriages in England & Wales.

    The latest report covers 2014, the year that same sex marriages were introduced. They show that a total of 4,850 same sex couples got married between 29 March 2014 and the end of that year but, of those, only 23 did so in a religious ceremony (0.5%).

    Other figures headlined by the ONS are that

    • there were 247,372 marriages between opposite sex couples in 2014, an increase of 2.7% from 2013; but 6.2% lower than in 2012
    • civil ceremonies among opposite sex couples increased by 4.1%, while religious ceremonies decreased by 0.8% compared with 2013
    • of all individuals marrying a same sex partner 85% were forming their first legally recognised partnership compared with 76% for opposite sex couples
    • 2,411 same sex couples who converted their civil partnership into a marriage between 10 and 31 December 2014.

    The full bulletin can be found on the ONS website.


Published: 14/03/2017

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