- DURING LOCKDOWN, marriage rates fell in every country across Europe except one. Hungary now has the highest marriage rates in Europe after a 3% rise in 2020 and 92% rise over ten years. Our report received extensive media coverage in the Sunday Telegraph, Mail on Sunday, Sun, Mailonline, BBC radio, ITV’s Good Morning Britain, and my article for The Conservative Woman.
- BIRTHS OUTSIDE MARRIAGE in England & Wales jumped to 51.3% in 2020 from 49.0% in 2019. The trend away from marriage continues. But this big jump looks like a consequence of weddings postponed because of lockdown. Don’t be surprised to see the figure drop below 50% in 2021 or 2022.
- COHABITING COUPLES should automatically have similar rights to married couples, says the Women and Equalities Committee. But we think their proposal of an ‘opt-out’ fundamentally clashes with the ‘opt-in’ nature of commitment and reflects lazy thinking.
- THE LAW COMMISSION announced their final proposal to deregulate weddings, so that the celebrant is licenced rather than the venue. This will help cut costs, as Sir Paul Coleridge commented in his letter to the Times (see below).
- MARRIAGE remains as important as ever as the strong foundation of a healthy society. Our research proves it and attracts a great deal of media coverage. Would you consider a monthly standing order to support us? Please click here
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