More marriage all round in Scotland
Figures from Scotland show that in the first three months of same-sex marriage being legal in the nation, the number of weddings taking place went up – and not just for same-sex couples.
In the first quarter of 2015, there were 3,889 weddings in total in Scotland. 462 were for same-sex couples marrying. But the number of mixed-sex marriages was up too, by 304 compared to the first quarter of 2014.
Far from devaluing marriage as the anti- campaigners claimed it would seem same-sex marriage has made the institution more popular all round.
The number of civil partnerships conducted in those three months dropped to 20, from 77 in the first quarter of the year before, showing there is still some demand for partnership recognition without the historic ‘baggage’ of marriage.