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Births, deaths and other vital events figures released

Provisional figures for births, deaths, adoptions, marriages and civil partnerships registered during 2013 have been published by the National Records of Scotland.

The statistics show that there were nearly 3,000 fewer marriages in Scotland in 2013 compared to 2012. The fall of around 10% takes the annual total to just above the level in 2009, which saw the fewest marriages in over a century.

The provisional figures also show that:

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Same sex marriage soon to take place in England

The first same sex wedding looks set to take place in England and Wales a few months earlier than originally estimated, the government has announced.

According to Women and Equalities Minister Maria Miller, ceremonies could take place as soon as Saturday 29th March 2014, subject to Parliament’s approval of various statutory instruments, to be laid in the new year.

Further details of the recently announced timetable include:

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Incidence of marriage and divorce in Northern Ireland

Recent statistics released by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency have given a breakdown of the number of marriages, divorces and civil partnerships that occurred in 2012.

The figures show that the marriage rate in Northern Ireland in 2012 increased to 5.9 persons marrying per 1,000 population aged 16 and over, from 5.8 in 2011. However, this still remains much lower than the rate seen 30 years ago of 9.0 persons per 1,000 population aged 16 and over in 1982.

The male marriage rate remained at 12.1 men marrying per 1,000 men aged 16 and over in 2012, while, the female marriage rate rose from 11.3 women marrying per 1,000 women aged 16 and over in 2011, to 11.4 in 2012. However, male and female marriage rates remain lower than those of 30 years ago (18.6 men and 17.3 women in 1982), indicating that many men and women may be choosing to cohabit rather than marry. In fact, around half (52%) of couples who married in 2012 reported living at the same address before marriage.

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