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Release: Marriages in England and Wales (provisional), for same sex couples Q1 and Q2 2014

Released: 21 August 2014


Elizabeth McLaren

Vital Statistics Outputs Branch

Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444110

Categories: Population, Families, Marriages, Cohabitations, Civil Partnerships and Divorces, Marriages

Frequency of release: Ad-hoc

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England and Wales

Geographical breakdown: Country

Presents provisional data on marriages of same sex couples taking place in England and Wales. This is the first time that ONS has published provisional statistics on marriage of same sex couples for England and Wales. These statistics cover quarters 1 and 2, 2014. The first marriages of same sex couples took place on 29 March 2014.

For information on data quality, legislation and procedures relating to marriage statistics, please see Marriages Metadata (420.6 Kb Pdf) and Quality and Methodology Information (214.1 Kb Pdf) .

We welcome feedback on the content, format and relevance of this release.

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