The most recent statistics show that the number of marriages in England and Wales has fallen to the lowest level on record. There was a 10 per cent fall in people getting married in 2005. In London, marriage rates were down by 35 per cent, although commentators are suggesting that this follows a change in the law to make it more difficult for non-Europeans to obtain leave to stay in the UK by marrying. For the first time, the number of marriages taking place in non-religious venues other than register offices was greater than those in places of worship.
There were 18,000 civil partnership ceremonies in the first year of the new law, and two-thirds of these were male.