Tag Archives: Marriage

Austria joins the marriage club

Austria will be legalising same-sex marriage by the end of this year following a supreme court ruling yesterday. The court has declared that civil partnerships and marriage, the current “separate and not equal” arrangement in the country, cannot be maintained as they are clearly discriminatory, and decreed the law must change by the start of 2018. The move follows neighbouring […]

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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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