The Equality Network welcomes the publication of the provisional figures for the take-up of same-sex marriages and civil partnerships in Scotland in 2015. According to the statistics released last week, there were 1,671 same-sex marriages in Scotland in 2015. Of those, 935 were conversions from existing civil partnerships and 736 were “new” marriages.
This brings the total number of same-sex marriages so far in Scotland from its introduction on 16 December 2014 to 31 December 2015 to 2,038. Of those, 1,294 were conversions from civil partnerships, and 744 were “new”. This means that, so far, only around one quarter of couples in Scottish civil partnerships have chosen to convert their partnership to a marriage.
There were 64 new civil partnerships registered in 2015, showing that there is a significant minority of same-sex couples who prefer to register a civil partnership rather than a marriage. This is why the Equality Network is opposed to the abolition of civil partnership. Instead, we believe that civil partnership should be opened up to all couples regardless of gender, thus bringing equality and diversity of choice for all.
The statistics were published by the National Records of Scotland on 9 March 2016 as part of the provisional figures for births, deaths, adoptions, marriages and civil partnerships registered during 2015. For more information, click here to visit their website.