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8 things we’ve learned about same-sex marriage in Quebec

According to the Institut de la statistique du Québec, couples formed by two women have become more numerous than those formed by two men. Richard Bouhet/AFP/Getty Images

MONTREAL — Over the past ten years, the number of same-sex couples in Quebec has been growing, in particular the number of lesbian couples.

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According to the Institut de la statistique du Québec, same-sex partnerships have remained stable, between 2 and 3 per cent of all marriages in the province. However, couples formed by two women have become more numerous than those formed by two men.

Here’s a look at 8 Quebec same-sex marriage facts:

  1. The number of female same-sex marriages has increased in Quebec, surpassing the number of male same-sex marriages.
  2. Same-sex partnerships make up about 2 to 3 per cent of all marriages in Quebec.
  3. Same-sex marriages performed by a designated official have increased in popularity, from 4 per cent in 2004 to 30 per cent in 2013.
  4. Second marriages proved to be most common amongst male same-sex couples.
  5. Most same-sex couples got married after the age 40, and for the most part, were older than the average heterosexual couple.
  6. Seven out of ten same-sex marriages took place on a Saturday.
  7. Around 2 out of 10 same-sex weddings were religious.
  8. Data indicates that religions that accept same-sex marriages were just as likely to accept remarriages.

According to the Institut de la statistique du Québec, it was not possible to compare Quebec’s marriage and divorce statistics with the rest of Canada, as Statistics Canada stopped its annual collection and compilation of data on marriages and divorce in 2008.

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