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'The novelty and significance of marriage becoming available led to an initial rush among same-sex couples wanting to be among the very first to assume the same rights and protection afforded to heterosexual couples.
In the three months since, there has been a much more gradual increase and I would expect that pattern to continue at last for foreseeable future.
As with civil partnerships, it appears to be women who are attracted more to the idea of formalising same-sex relationships and they tend to do so at a younger age than men as well.
That might be because it provides them with stability in a relationship as they're reaching the average age at which women tend to have children.
Given that women have also been more active when it comes to dissolving civil partnerships, it stands to reason that we might see them in the majority when the first same-sex divorces can take place early next year.
What will be interesting to note is what happens in December, when those couples who had entered into civil partnerships can convert them into full marriages.
Even though they have the same protection in law, as regards how they might divide their assets when they separate, I would expect that the efforts historically put into trying to gain parity from a social standpoint might well cause a considerable number of civil partners to convert, further increasing the amount of same-sex marriages.'
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