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05:31 | 27th June 2017

News: UK

Tue 31 Jul, 2012
By Robert Ingham


We now want to make it possible for all couples, regardless of their gender, to get married

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The Office of National Statistics (ONS) have published the latest figures of Civil Partnerhsips, which show that the number of people making the commitment has proved to be fives times more popular than originally thought.

When Civil Partnerships were first introduced in 2005, a total of 11,000-22,000 people were expected to enter into a CP over the first five years. Accurate figures place this at over an incredible 100,000.

There were slightly more female (3,351) Civil Partnerships last year than male (3,444), and espite a drop in 2009, the numbers keep on rising.



A Home Office spokesperson welcomed the figures, saying that those who are already in a CP would be able to covert their union into a marriage under proposals already published. She stated: "This government believes society is stronger when couples commit to each other, which is why it is so encouraging to see more same-sex couples entering civil partnerships. We now want to make it possible for all couples, regardless of their gender, to get married."

And despite a rise in the number of dissolutions, with 672 taking place in 2011, it seems that there is no stopping this issue, which will divide the church and government for some time to come.

 

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