Two-thirds of LGB population not married or in civil partnership, ONS say


Around two-thirds (68.2 per cent) of the lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) population are “single, never married or hadn’t entered a civil partnership”, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed.

By contrast, 51.5 per cent of all people in 2014 were married, while just 33.9 per cent were single.

The figures suggest there is still hesitancy to utilise the Marriages (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, which legalised same-sex marriage in England and Wales from 29 March 2014 onwards.

The figures, based on data from 2015, show that around one in 30 (3.3 per cent) young people in Britain identify themselves as being LGB – up from one in 38 in 2012.

The overall number – when all age groups are taken into account – is around one in 60 (1.7 per cent), the ONS said. This is because just 0.6 per cent of Brits over-65 identify as being LGB.

Pamela Cobb, ONS statistician, said: “In 2015, the majority (93.7 per cent) of the UK population identified themselves as heterosexual or straight, with 1.7 per cent identifying as LGB, the remainder either identifying as ‘other’, ‘don’t know’ or refusing to respond.”

The ONS add that these figures refer only to sexual identity and do not cover gender identity or reflect sexual behaviour.

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