Tag Archives: Marriage

Australians say Yes

The referendum in Australia on same-sex marriage has produced a clear result in favour – with 61.6% support on a turnout of just under 80%. This is a similar level of support to that shown in the Republic of Ireland’s referendum two years ago – but a much higher turnout, which was 60% in Ireland. It’s close to an absolute […]

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Same-sex marriage arrives in Germany

The first same-sex marriages in Germany took place today. It comes fifteen years after civil partnerships were introduced there: as we have seen, while same-sex marriage is likely to prove more popular, there may still be demand for both, and in the UK many mixed-sex couples would like civil partnerships to be an option for them too.  Some 88,000 or […]

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Malta moves on marriage

Malta has voted to legalise same-sex marriage. Congratulations, Malta! Hot on the heels of Germany the island nation has passed the law by a thumping 66 votes to 1. As with Germany, it’s a more inclusive law than we have for England and Wales: “husband and wife” becomes “spouses” and a single law covers any consenting couple who marry, rather […]

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White Wedding?

The arrival of same-sex marriage for England and Wales opened up marriage to people who had never married before. According to the Office for National Statistics, in 2014, of all individuals marrying a same sex partner 85% were forming their first legally recognised partnership compared with 76% for mixed-sex couples. So of the 5,000 same-sex marriages that year some 4,000 […]

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5,000 people married – without a wedding?

Nearly two and a half thousand couples got married in 2014 – usually without a wedding! When same-sex marriage was introduced there was an option introduced for those couples who had registered a civil partnership to be able to ‘convert’ their partnership registration to marriage. This month’s Office for National Statistics figures show that, following the introduction of the same-sex […]

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