(Blogmensgo, gay blog 15 January 2014) Some 7,000 same-sex couples were married in 2900 communes in France since the end of May 2013, reveals INSEE in its demographic balance of the year 2013.
Official Statistics of lesbians and gay marriages only covers the period from the first gay marriage in France (celebrated on May 29) until 31 December 2013. Marriage between persons of the same sex was legalized in France May 17, 2013.
INSEE has identified 231,000 heterosexual marriages in 2013. Gay marriage represented only 2.9% of all marriages celebrated in 2013, but with statistics seven months to gay marriage and twelve months for hetero marriage. The proportion of same-sex marriage is logically lower than the proportion of gay civil unions (5%) calculated by the public agency between 2007 and 2012. But between June and December 2013, approximately 4% of marriages involved couples of the same sex.
The breakdown by gender is almost identical to marriage and civil partnerships for homosexuals. When three male couples marry, only two female couples do the same. Gay and lesbians couples represented 57% and 43% of gay civil unions between 2007 and 2012, respectively. Same proportion among homosexual couples simple concubinage.
The average age differs significantly depending on the couples. Among homosexuals, the average age of marriage is 50 years for men (with a gap of 8 years between spouses) and 43 years for women (SD 5.5 years between spouses). And among heterosexuals, the average age of marriage is 37 years respectively and 34 years. "This difference is probably related to the fact that it is part of the first year of opening marriage to same- sex, "says INSEE.
The geographical distribution of marriage is much more in urban than in straight homos. Cities of over 200,000 inhabitants (including 14% for Paris) attracted a quarter of gay marriages in 2013, against 9% of heterosexual marriages in 2012. But as soon as the town has less than 2,000 inhabitants, the proportion is the same regardless of the sex of either spouse.
Comment. Incomplete statistics 2013 under the gay and lesbian marriage may not be representative of the future. Firstly because INSEE relies here seven months instead of twelve. Secondly, because the lack of time before the summer holidays to prepare his marriage has allowed only the most motivated to take the plunge couples: the more militant (starting with Bruno Vincent and Montpellier), the impatient (for financial reasons or inheritance) and more affluent.
The usual peak of marriages between May and September. Was celebrated less than five sex marriages in May 2013, but in September 1500. I bet that in 2014, statistics on gay marriage in France will be much more substantial in absolute values as data. Especially since the proportion of same-sex marriages (compared to all marriages) in the year following their legalization is higher in France than in the Netherlands, Belgium and Spain.
Remains whether the PACS retain its attractions now that gay marriage is legal. Among heterosexuals, there were three weddings for two pacs in 2011 and 2012. But it was not until 2016 that the final statistics are published in 2014, the first full year that would allow a quantitative comparison of the PACS and gay marriage.