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Yesterday the UK National Statistics Office released the first full year of data for numbers of UK Civil Partnerships. These figures reveal that in the first year, more civil partnerships took place than the UK government had predicted would take place in the first five years.

London, UK (Response Source) June 28, 2007 -- In the UK 2006 was the year of the gay wedding.

18,059 couples, or 36,118 individuals, entered into an officially recognised civil partnership since 19 December, 2005 - the first day such partnerships became legal under UK law.

This figure greatly exceeds the official estimates set out by the UK government prior to the introduction of The Civil Partnership Act 2004.

In fact, more lesbians and gay men entered into UK Civil Partnerships during its first year of introduction than even the highest government estimates had expected.

According to the UK Department of Trade and Industry's Women and Equality Unit, in data published prior to the introduction of The Civil Partnership Act: "The Government expects between 11,000 and 22,000 people to be in a civil partnership by 2010."

This 5 year forecast would have seen an average of 4,400 people per year enter civil partnerships. In fact 8.2 times this number of people have entered civil partnerships in just the first year, outstripping the governments full 5 year forecast by 64% in the first year alone.

According to a UK gay weddings specialist, 98 people per day entering civil partnerships reflects the strength of UK gay desire to enter into an officially recognised partnership.

pogoplum Managing Director Christina Harrison-Flynn said: "At pogoplum we work closely with couples as they take what for most of us is the biggest step in our lives. We have seen first-hand the immense personal love and joy that lies behind these new statistics."

"It is no surprise to us that the figures are as strong as they are," said Harrison-Flynn. "Lesbians and gay men have been meeting and falling in love for centuries. Now in the UK they can do so with the blessing of the authorities, and are choosing to do so in great numbers - as today's figures show."

pogoplum is a gay weddings business that provides lesbians and gay men with the information they need to enter into their Civil Partnerships. Providing a range of services and information, from practical matters to legal issues, while also addressing the romantic and fun aspects of gay marriage, pogoplum has quickly established a reputation as a leading UK source of knowledge and assistance with Civil Partnerships for gays and lesbians.

Harrison-Flynn said that she expects the gay weddings market to reveal increasing strength in the future.

"At first we were all wondering whether things would quieten down after an initial rush," said Harrison-Flynn. "But they didn't. We have been getting strong interest from couples needing help to plan all aspects of their weddings from the little things to the bigger items, and the level of enquiries has been both strong and consistent throughout the whole of the period since December 2005 when Civil Partnerships were introduced."

"We are even now looking forward to helping our past clients plan their upcoming anniversaries over the years to come too!"

Information for editors:

Christina Harrison-Flynn, founder and Managing Director of pogoplum.com, has been directing the implementation of technology and integrating acquisitions for launch businesses over the past 22 years. With an immense portfolio of successes that includes D&B, Centrica Telecommunications, 3 and American Express, Christina finds her highly developed organisational skills are the perfect antidote to the emotional demands of the gay wedding industry.

Six percent of the UK adult population is estimated to be lesbian or gay. Source: Official Whitehall figure, Nov 2006.

UK government figures for Civil Partnership take-up rates were estimated at between 11,000 people and 22,000 people being in civil partnerships by 2010. (Source: "Final Regulatory Impact Assessment: Civil Partnership Act 2004" - Women and Equality Unit, Department of Trade and Industry, 2005, p.35.)

For further information, please contact:

Christina Harrison-Flynn, Managing Director, pogoplum www.pogoplum.com
Telephone: +44-(0)1273 539411

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