VICTORY AS ONS RETAINS SAME-SEX ‘MARRIAGE’ STATISTICS
Dear Marriage supporter
The Office for National Statistics has backtracked on a plan to combine traditional and same-sex ‘married’ couple populations in their statistical releases.
Had it been successful, the change would have meant that it would be impossible to measure the differences in duration between marriage types and hold Government policy to account.
As a result of submissions from the Coalition for Marriage [available here https://www.c4m.org.uk/response-ons-consultation-marriage-statistics/?c4m070218] and other groups, the ONS now says it will continue to separate estimates of the number of people married by type.
It is highly encouraging to see that our submissions can make a difference, particularly at a time when many supporters are responding to the call for evidence in education.
Call for Evidence in RSE and PSHE
The deadline for responses to the Department for Education’s call for evidence in Relationships and Sex Education and PSHE in England is Monday 12th February.
Our guide explaining why it is critical that as many marriage supporters as possible participate, and what they may wish to consider is available here https://www.c4m.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/C4M_SRE-PSHE-CallForEvidence.pdf
Please share the guide as widely as possible. It is imperative that we speak with a loud voice to ask for the protections parents and children need.
Coalition for Marriage (C4M)