There were 247,372 marriages between opposite sex couples in 2014, an increase of 2.7% from 2013; but 6.2% lower than in 2012 (2014 is the most recent year for which figures are available) In 2014 the average age for opposite sex couples marrying was 37.0 years for men, while for women it was 34.6 years. The greatest percentage increase in rates occurred among men and women aged 65 and over (12% and 17% respectively) while the greatest decrease was among men and women aged under 20 (20% and 11% respectively). There were 4,850 marriages between same sex couples in 2014. Of these, 44% (2,129) were between male couples and 56% (2,721) were between female couples. There were 2,411 same sex couples who converted their civil partnership into a marriage between 10 and 31 December 2014.
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