Marriage and civil partnership

The Equality Act 2010 protects employees who are married or in a civil partnership against discrimination.

The table below provides information that classified usual residents aged 16 and over by marital and civil partnership status, as at the time of the 2011 Census. This classification takes account of the Civil Partnership Act which came into force on 5 December 2005, providing information about civil partnership status for the first time in census results.

It is important to note that, although the term ‘single’ is widely used to cover people in a number of states such as divorced or separated, it is not a legally recognised status and was not an option on the census questionnaire. In census results the term ‘single’ is used to refer only to someone who has never been married or in a registered same-sex civil partnership, which were options on the census questionnaire.

Source: 2011 Census

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