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30,000 have now said "I do"

Last year, 15,672 same-sex couples entered civil partnerships in the first nine months from their introduction in the UK, according to figures released by the Office of National Statistics. The Government's Women and Equality Unit had estimated that between 5,500 and 11,000 couples would register by 2010.

A quarter of all CPs took place in London, with around two-thirds of the total being male couples.

December saw the first anniversary for the first gay couples who got hitched. It was also the earliest any could be separated, but the first UK gay couple to file for dissolution -- Darryl Bullock and Mark Godfrey -- decided to postpone proceedings. Bullock informed his solicitor, "I don't want to be the face in the Guinness Book of Records".

Master of the Queen's Music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, has announced his intention to form a CP with his partner, Colin Parkinson, though there was some confusion as to whether the registrar on Sanday, the remote Orkney island where they live, could perform CPs.

This year's Who's Who is listing CPs for the first time. Couples recognised include actor and writer Sir Antony Sher and his partner, the theatre director Greg Doran.

Story from Gay Times -