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First statistics about gay marriages in England and Wales

(Blogmensgo, gay blog of October 25, 2015) Between March 29 and June 30, 2015, 7,366 same-sex marriages were registered in England and Wales, and 7,732 existing civil partnerships between same-sex couples were transformed into marriages. These numbers were published on October 20, 2015 by the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Indirect marriages, i. e. marriages transformed from civil partnerships, were legalized on December 10, 2014. Therefore, the numbers published until end of June 2015 do not reflect the typical seasonal distribution of marriage number because they do not include the spring and summer peaks.

20151022a-age-au-mariage-c-ons-450-322Lesbians marry younger than gays. ©ONS.gov.uk.

 

Direct marriages (without previous civil partnerships) between March 29, 2014 and June 30, 2015 concerned 55% lesbian couples and 45% gay couples, with a peak of 844 same-sex marriages in August 2014. Indirect marriages (from December 10, 2014 to June 30, 2015) united about the same proportion of male and female couples.

The age average is at about 40 for gay men and about 37 for lesbians. In 2014, the average age of civil partnerships was at 44 or 42 years, respectively. The age groups of 30 to 34 years and even more so of 25 to 29 years are largely dominated by women whereas 68% of people over 65 marrying a same-sex partner are men.

In 2012, the average age of heterosexual newlyweds was 37 for men and 34 for women. This age difference is most likely due to the fact that homosexuals had to wait for a long time before same-sex marriage was finally legalized.

Civil partnerships in 2013 and 2014The number of civil partnerships declined over time. ©ONS.gov.uk.

Seasonal variations of marriages and civil partnerships are almost identical. However, as the legalization of gay marriage came closer, the number of civil unions declined.

Gay and lesbian marriages contracted in England and Wales are mostly between men (89%) and women (81%) who had never been married before. However, 14% of women and 8% of men had previously been divorced – from an opposite-sex partner in most cases.

These statistics published by the ONS only concern England and Wales. Gay marriage was only legalized in Scotland on December 31, 2014 and is still illegal in Northern Ireland.

Frank-S / MensGo
(via various English press articles of October 20, 2015, such as The Guardian and BBC)

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