United Kingdom is one of the leading European countries with a flexible and inclusive policy in LGBT rights’ issues. Many steps on the way of LGBTI-acceptance have been made in the country for the last decades: from decriminalization of same-sex activity to legalization of civil partnerships and same-sex marriages.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) of the UK has recently revealed the statistics, which indicates on a marginal increase of civil partnership formations during the 2016. The thing is that legislation of same-sex marriage in 2014 has provoked a remarkable decline of civil partnership formations, as the majority of same-sex couples opted for marriage instead. Just imagine, the number of civil partnerships has collapsed from 5,000 a year in 2013 to hundreds in the following years, after the introduction of same-sex marriage. However, 2016 represented the first increase in civil partnership formations since this change. Figures from ONS show that 960 couples entered into civil partnerships in England, Wales and Scotland in 2016, comparing to 925 in 2015. Such an increase might be caused by the number of dissolved same-sex unions. Another bad news is that 1,313 partnerships were dissolved in England and Wales in 2016 that shows that a number of dissolved civil partnerships are much bigger than formalized.