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Same-sex marriage is a flop, numbers confirm

 
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

Dear marriage supporter,

Only 4,850 same-sex marriages took place in 2014, the first year in which they were allowed.

The 2014 marriage figures have finally been released by the Office for National Statistics. They show that the very small number of same-sex marriages contrasts dramatically with 247,000 heterosexual marriages which took place in the same year.

Former Prime Minister David Cameron, speaking of his same-sex marriage legislation, has said “…I know it’s going to bring a lot of people a lot of pleasure for years to come” (Guardian, 26 October 2016). But the statistics reveal that not a lot of people are interested.

C4M always said there was no great demand for redefining marriage. Our May 2012 poll found that only a minority (39 per cent) of people identifying as LGB thought same-sex marriage was a priority. Now the official figures have exposed all the media fanfare and celebration as hollow bluster.

Same-sex marriages began on 29 March 2014 in England and Wales. In addition, 2,400 civil partnerships were also converted to marriages in 2014 – this first became possible in December 2014. The marriage figures for 2015 will give the first picture of a full year of same-sex marriages. These are due to be released this autumn.

Sologamy

Few same-sex marriages have actually taken place. But the shockwaves of the momentous decision to redefine marriage continue to reverberate around our culture.

Thanks to the redefinition of marriage all manner of future redefinitions are now being advocated. Supporters of polygamy have redoubled their efforts and now there are reports of the rise of ‘sologamy’ – people seeking to marry themselves.

There’s no doubt sologamy is only promoted by a few individuals. Apparently “the idea is to give yourself a commitment that values self-love and self-compassion”. This may give someone their day in the limelight, but it is a million miles away from the self-giving, outward-looking nature of marriage.

Only true marriage binds people and society together, providing children with a mother and father who are committed to each other for life.

Please stand with us at C4M as we continue to speak out for marriage.

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Yours sincerely,

Colin Hart
Colin Hart
Campaign Director
Coalition for Marriage

 
   
   
 

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