More than 15,000 same-sex marriages have taken place in England and Wales since it became legal to do so.
The Office for National Statistics confirmed a total of 15,098 couples had legally married after the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 came into force on 29 March last year. Of those, 7,732 were conversions from civil partnerships.
This meant that the number of civil partnerships formed in England and Wales fell by 70% – from 5,646 in 2013 to 1,683 in 2014. In December 2014, only 58 civil partnerships were formed compared with 314 in the same month in 2013, a fall of 84%.
Of the 7,366 same-sex marriages that took place from 29 March 2014 to 30 June 2015, 55% (4,059) were between women and 45% (3,307) were between men. Those who chose to convert their civil partnerships into a marriage were roughly evenly split between male and female couples.
Gianna Lisiecki-Cunane, a family lawyer with JMW Solicitors, said the figures appeared to suggest that gay women shared the preference of their heterosexual counterparts for the security and stability of marriage.