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3,600 SAME-SEX 'WEDDINGS'

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Same-sex couples formed 3,648 civil partnerships in England and Wales by 31 January 2006. Male couples formed 2,510...
Same-sex couples formed 3,648 civil partnerships in England and Wales by 31 January 2006. Male couples formed 2,510 civil partnerships and female couples formed 1,138.

The Civil Partnership Act came into force on 5 December 2005 and enables same-sex couples to obtain legal recognition of their relationship. Couples who register a civil partnership have a new legal status, that of 'civil partner'. The first day that couples couldform a civil partnership under normal arrangements in England and Wales was 21 December 2005.

Brighton and Hove was the registration authority where most civil partnerships were formed (126). Second most popular was Westminster (121), followed by Kensington and Chelsea (105).

A list of registration authorities in England and Wales where there were ten or more civil partnerships formed is attached. These figures were collected by the General Register Office.

For more information on forming a civil partnership, visit the General Register Office website.

For a list of registration authorities where there were five or more civil partnerships formed click here.

Civil Partnerships registered in England and Wales in December 2005 and January 2006

Total 3,648

Males 2,510

Females 1,138

Registration Authority Number

Brighton & Hove 126

Westminster 121

Kensington & Chelsea 105

Hampshire 76

Kent 75

Richmond 71

East Sussex 69

Devon 66

Islington 64

West Sussex 62

Cornwall 59

Bournemouth 57

Wandsworth 56

Lambeth 55

Norfolk 55

Camden 53

Surrey 52

Hertfordshire 51

Leeds 51

Manchester 51

Hammersmith & Fulham 50

Oxfordshire 50

Suffolk 49

Birmingham 48

Bristol 46

Blackpool 45

Lancashire 42

Southwark 42

Cambridgeshire 41

Essex 40

Northamptonshire 37

Croydon 36

North Yorkshire 36

Staffordshire 36

Cheshire 35

Derby 33

Derbyshire 32

Ealing 32

Gloucestershire 32

Nottinghamshire 32

Haringey 31

Worcestershire 31

Hackney 29

Lincolnshire 28

Warwickshire 28

Lewisham 27

Cumbria 26

Sheffield 26

Somerset 26

Tower Hamlets 26

Barnet 25

Bath & North East Somerset 25

Dorset 25

Durham 25

Kirklees 25

Liverpool 24

Merton 24

Newcastle upon Tyne 24

Nottingham 24

Wiltshire 24

Waltham Forest 23

Hounslow 22

Cardiff 21

Shropshire 20

Buckinghamshire 19

York 19

Northumberland 18

Poole 18

Brent 17

Calderdale 17

Greenwich 17

Kingston Upon Thames 17

Leicestershire 17

Solihull 17

Torbay 17

Windsor 17

Swansea 16

Bradford 15

Isle of Wight 15

Portsmouth 15

Redbridge 15

Bedfordshire 14

Southampton 14

Doncaster 13

East Riding 13

Leicester 13

Plymouth 13

Powys 13

Salford 13

Wakefield 13

Kingston upon Hull 12

Stoke on Trent 12

Trafford 12

Wokingham 12

Rhondda 11

Stockport 11

Herefordshire 10

Hillingdon 10

Milton Keynes 10

Newham 10

North Somerset 10

Rochdale 10

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