Female Civil Partnerships Exceed Males for First Time in U.K.
The number of civil partnerships in the U.K. increased 1.7 percent last year, according to provisional data from the Office for National Statistics, with female partnerships overtaking male couples for the first time.
The total number of civil partnerships was 6,385, with females accounting for 51 percent, the ONS said in a statement on its website today. This change had already taken place in Scotland and Wales in 2007, and Northern Ireland in 2009, the ONS said.
Civil partnerships have been carried out in the U.K. since December 2005, enabling same-sex couples to enter into agreements giving them similar rights to married couples. This February, the government said it would allow same-sex couples to register civil partnerships in places of worship in England and Wales, and would consult on legislation to remove other differences and give equal status to civil marriages and civil partnerships.
Civil partnership dissolutions increased 44 percent to 509 last year, according to the ONS data. The increase in the dissolution rate was “to be expected as the number of civil partners living in the U.K. continues to increase,” the ONS said.
Since 2005, a total of 46,622 civil partnerships have been formed. The highest number of civil partnerships was recorded in the first quarter of 2006, at 4,869, as many long-term couples took advantage of the change of legislation.
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