Same-sex couples are flocking to the altar, new census data reveals

Originally posted on National Post | News:

Seven years after Canada legalized same-sex marriage, gay and lesbian couples are running to the altar.

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of same-sex married couples nearly tripled, according to new census data released Wednesday.

While the number of opposite-sex couples who took the leap into matrimony grew by only three per cent since the last census, the number of same-sex couples tying the knot jumped by 181 per cent over the same period, from about 7,500 in 2006 to 21,000 in 2011.

Same-sex unions make up only 0.8 per cent of all couples of Canada, but they are the fastest-growing group of married couples, up 42 per cent from 2006.


The 2006 census followed on the heels of Canada’s Civil Marriage Act, which legalized same-sex marriage across the country in July 2005. Some provincial and territorial courts had already ruled that banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, beginning with…

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