Civil Partnerships Up by 3.4%



The number of civil partnerships that took place last year has risen for the first time since 2013, that’s according to figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

It was an increase of 3.4%.

London saw the highest rate of new civil partnerships.

Same-sex marriage has been responsible for the decline in civil unions with many gay couples now opting for the former.   

The ONS described those who chose civil partnerships as being a “minority of same-sex couples”




The increase isn’t much but it is interesting.

The Government had previously suggested that it might scrap civil partnerships entirely.  One reason for this was that they aren't popular enough.

These latest statistics could be useful for those campaigning for heterosexual civil partnerships.

But it’s not all good news.  The ONS also revealed a rise in the number of dissolutions: 1,313 and the highest number recorded since 2005.

You can find out more about the ONS results by visiting their website.

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