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Over 15,000 Same-Sex Marriages Since Law Change

More than 15,000 same-sex marriages have taken place in England and Wales since the law was changed according to official figures.

Statistics from the Office for National Statistics revealed that a total of 15,098 couples had legally married since 2014. Of the 15,098 couple that had married, 7,366 were marriages while 7,732 accounted for conversions from civil partnerships. 55% of the marriages were between two females with 45% being between male couples.

The number of partners wishing to obtain a civil partnership fell by 70% between 2013 and 2014. Same-sex marriage in England became legal at the end of March in 2014.

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Gay couple must end civil partnership before they can marry

A gay couple is considering suing the UK Government after being told they cannot get married unless they first dissolve their civil partnership, reports the Guardian.

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Equal marriage moves a step closer

A Government commitment to open up marriage to same-sex couples has taken an important step forward with the publication of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.

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Government sets out plan for equal marriage

Same-sex couples in England and Wales are set to be allowed to marry, under plans unveiled by Minister for Women and Equalities Maria Miller.

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ONS releases statistics on family structure

A recent statistical release from the Office for National Statistics on trends in family structure has revealed that;

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Births and deaths in England and Wales during 2011

Recent data from the Office for National Statistics has revealed that there were 723,913 live births in England and Wales in 2011, increasing slightly (by 0.1%) from 723,165 in 2010.

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The changing shape of society

Statistics showing the changing shape of society over sixty years have been released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

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Charity responds to equal marriage consultation

Children's charity, 4Children, has responded to the Government's equal marriage consultation, supporting the step forward for equality, and asking the government to go further where there is a clear case for doing so.

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ONS publishes data on conception rates

Recent data released by the Office for National Statistics has given a breakdown of the conception rate in England and Wales during 2010.

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Government to consult on same-sex marriage

The Government has announced that it will start consulting next spring on legalising same-sex marriages, reports the BBC.

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