Marriage-lite unwanted

By August 21, 2018February 18th, 2021No Comments


Dear Marriage supporter

The rate of dissolution for civil partnerships is far higher than the rate of divorce within marriage, according to figures released last week by the Office for National Statistics.

The Daily Mail reported that in 2016 for every 1,000 marriages there were 8.9 divorces. For civil partnerships the figure is 29.7 dissolutions for every 1,000 partnerships, more than three times the rate.

Over 2017 there were more dissolutions (1,217) than there were new partnerships formed (908). The annual rate of formation is down 85% from its peak, largely due to the introduction of same-sex ‘marriage’.

Policymakers should listen

These data have a number of important implications for policymakers.

Firstly, it implies that same-sex unions may be less stable and less likely to endure than traditional marriages. This was strenuously denied at the time of the same-sex ‘marriage’ debate.

Secondly, it also suggests that civil partnerships themselves are less stable and less likely to endure than traditional marriage.

Thirdly, it suggests that there is already very little demand for civil partnerships as opposed to ‘marriage’ from same-sex couples. It follows that there is little or no reason to think it would be proportionately more popular amongst mixed-sex couples were it to be introduced.

The Government is currently considering the introduction of civil partnerships for mixed-sex couples.

The data suggests that these unions are not an effective substitute for marriage. Extending them would only push mixed-sex couples into a marriage-lite format which is more likely to fail. Instead of attempting to devise alternatives for marriage, Parliament must concentrate on strengthening real marriage as it has stood for centuries. We already have a gold standard. Let’s protect it.

Yours sincerely

Thomas Pascoe
Campaign Director
Coalition for Marriage (C4M)