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First mixed-sex civil partnerships registered

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First mixed-sex civil partnerships registered

Tuesday, 14 Sep 2021
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There were 5,545 marriages registered in Scotland between 1 April and 30 June 2021, according to figures released today by National Records of Scotland.

This was 30% lower than the average number of second quarter marriages over the five years 2015-19 but a large increase on the number of marriages in the same period in 2020, following easing of Covid-19 restrictions.

There were 175 same-sex marriages, compared with a five-year average of 286 for quarter two in 2015-2019.

Since June 2021, mixed-sex couples have been able to form a civil partnership. Of 46 civil partnerships registered in the second quarter of 2021, 22 involved mixed-sex couples.

11,441 births were registered in Scotland, a 13% decrease on the average for quarter two between 2015-19.

The number of deaths was broadly in line with the five-year average, with 13,771 deaths. This was  0.6% higher than the equivalent period in 2015-19.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) was the underlying cause of 125 deaths during quarter two and there were four deaths due to adverse effects of COVID-19 vaccines.

Today’s figures when compared with the average for 2015-2019 show:

  • The number of cancer deaths rose by 3.4 per cent to 4,046;
  • The number of deaths from coronary heart disease fell by 1.1 per cent to 1,628;
  • The number of deaths from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease fell by 9.0 per cent to 1,262;
  • Deaths from respiratory diseases fell by 29.0 per cent to 1,124;
  • There were 843 deaths from cerebrovascular disease (a decrease of 9.7 per cent.)

Julie Ramsay, Vital Events Statistician, said:

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant effect on the number of marriages in Scotland, and only 117 weddings took place between April and June 2020.

“The number of marriages have since increased and there were 5,545 marriages registered in the latest quarter. While this is still 30% lower than the pre-pandemic period, it shows many more people in Scotland are tying the knot now that restrictions have eased.

“22 of 46 civil partnerships registered in quarter two were of mixed-sex couples, after civil partnerships were made available to all couples in June this year.”

The publication Births, Deaths and other Vital Events - Quarterly Figures and an infographic summary is available on this website. Breakdowns of these figures can be found under “Data and Charts”.