Honeymoon is over for gay weddings | The Observer
We used to conduct gay weddings in Suffolk – by “we”, I mean our Ceremonies Team. When they introduced legal partnership ceremonies, the demand for Humanist ceremonies ceased abruptly. Now it looks like civil ceremonies are losing popularity too.
The number of gay weddings has plummeted by more than 50 per cent in the past year. Civil partnerships became legal for homosexuals in December 2005, allowing them to acquire the same sorts of tax and pension rights as straight married couples.
Initially, thousands of gay and lesbian couples held ceremonies. However, a survey by the Local Government Association found that all the 40 councils across England they surveyed had experienced a fall in the number taking place – the figures show an average drop of 55 per cent in 2007 from 2006.