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One in eight new marriages in Scotland are same-sex

One in eight new marriages in Scotland are same-sex

One in eight new marriages in Scotland are now same-sex, according to new figures from the National Records of Scotland. 

Of the 3,889 unions recorded since same-sex marriage came into effect in December 2014, 462 of them were between people of the same sex. 

Meanwhile, the total number of marriages – gay or straight – was 340 more than in the same period of last year – that’s a rise of 9.6%. 

There were also 20 civil partnerships, 12 male and eight female, which was 57 fewer than the same period last year.

Tim Hopkins, of the Equality Network, told Gay Star News: ‘We were expecting the demand for marriage to be high, because many people were converting their civil partnerships into marriage. 

‘It shows that civil marriage was not up to scratch for them.

‘This also shows that opponents of gay marriage – equal marriage – who said that the demand was not there, have been shown to be comprehensively wrong.’