From Christian Concern
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has launched a consultation seeking the public's views on how to present statistics on marriage in light of the passage of the Marriage (Same Sex) Couples Act 2013.
It is proposing to add the number of same sex and heterosexual marriages that take place in the UK so that only one total is given. It is also proposing to do the same for divorce rates.
It is crucial however that national statistics do not amalgamate the figures for traditional and same sex marriage and divorce as doing so will make it impossible to identify the effects of the new legislation.
Please respond to the consultation, urging the ONS to present marriage statistics in a transparent way that separately states opposite sex and same-sex marriages.
If you only have time to respond to some of the questions, please indicate 'Yes' in response to questions 3 and 6. The Coalition for Marriage has issued helpful guidance on how to respond to these questions, which you can access here.
The deadline for responding is Tuesday 17th December.
Please send your respond to: [email protected]. Alternatively, you can post responses to: Vital Statistics Outputs Branch, Office for National Statistics, Segensworth Road, Titchfield, Fareham,