UK: Marriage rate falls to lowest level since records began
Thursday, 11 February 2010
Marriage rates in England and Wales have fallen for a fourth year to reach their lowest level since records began.
A total of 232,990 couples wed in 2008, down 1% on the year before, Office for National Statistics figures showed.
For every 1,000 adult men, 21.8 married in 2008, compared with 22.4 in 2007. For women aged over 16 it was 19.6 per 1,000, down from 20.2 the year before.
The Church of England said marriage was now seen as the crown of a relationship rather than a gateway to adulthood. the rest