Five years after the United Kingdom allowed same-sex couples to enter into civil partnerships, only half as many have divorced as heterosexual married couples in the same period.

Data from the UK’s Office of National Statistics (ONS) showed that 5.5 percent of heterosexual marriages had been dissolved in the period compared to 2.5 percent of same-sex couples in civil partnerships.

Since 2005, 42,778 civil partnerships have taken place — four times the number initially expected.

“People living in European countries which have recently legalised same-sex partnerships are likely to have more positive attitudes to homosexual marriage than those in countries where there is no such law,” the ONS found.

The British and Scottish Governments both aim to legalise same-sex marriage before 2015.

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