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167 opposite-sex civil partnerships formed on first day permitted by law

There were 167 opposite-sex civil partnerships formed in England and Wales on 31 December 2019. This was the first day it was possible to do so following the change in legislation to extend civil partnerships rights to opposite-sex couples. The figures are revealed in statistics on civil partnerships published by the Office for National Statistics for 2019.

During the year, there were 994 same-sex civil partnerships formed in England and Wales. This was an increase of 4.0 per cent from 956 in 2018 and an increase of 9.5 per cent from 908 in 2017.

The majority (61 per cent) of same-sex civil partnerships in England and Wales in 2019 were between men, a lower proportion compared with the previous year (65 per cent).

Nearly in one in five (19 per cent) of those entering a same-sex civil partnership in 2019 were aged 65 years and over; this compares with just 4.0 per cent in 2013, prior to the introduction of marriages of same-sex couples.

About three-quarters (72 per cent) of same-sex civil partnerships formed in England and Wales in 2019 were to couples where both partners were single (that is, never previously entered into a marriage or civil partnership); this percentage has remained broadly consistent since the introduction of same-sex civil partnerships in 2005.

There were 916 same-sex civil partnerships dissolutions granted in England and Wales in 2019, a small decrease of 1.2 per cent from 927 in 2018; of these, 54 per cent were to female couples.

Kanak Ghosh of the ONS commented:

"Next year, we expect to see further increases to the overall number of civil partnerships in England and Wales as more opposite-sex couples choose to become civil partners."

For the full statistics, click here.

22/9/20