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How many married gay couples are there in the UK?

How many married gay couples are there in the UK?

Official figures have revealed how many same-sex marriages have taken place in the UK.

A total of 1,409 marriages have taken place from 29 March, the first day gay couples could legally get married in England and Wales, and 30 June.

Of these, 56% were female couples (796 marriages) and 44% were male (613).

When the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2014 was introduced in England and Wales, it triggered a rush of couples wanting to be among the first tie the knot.

In that weekend, from 29 March to 31 March, there were 95 marriages of same-sex couples.

There were 351 marriages in April, 465 in May and 498 in June.

The Official for National Statistics released the figures, the first official assessment of the popularity of the law change.

Around 120,000 people are in civil partnerships, which were introduced in 2005. In England and Wales, these couples will be able to convert their union to a marriage from 10 December.

The average age of women marrying was 37 and for men it was 38.6.

Richard Lane, of gay campaigning charity Stonewall, said the law sends a ‘powerful signal – regardless of the number of couples who get married – that same-sex relationships are every bit as loving, committed and valued as those between opposite sex couples’.

Scotland’s gay marriage law received Royal Assent on 12 March, with the first gay couples expecting to get married later this year. There are currently no plans for same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.