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The Office of National Statistics (ONS) shows an increase of 53%.

The ONS has revealed that the amount of same-sex couples living together in the UK has increased by 53% since 2015. In 2015, 152,000 same-sex couples were living together, that number has now risen to 232,000.

The figures also showed the increase in same-sex couples who lived together getting married. In 2015, only 8.9% of same-sex couples living together were married, that figure has now trebled to be 29.4% of same-sex couples living together.

Same-sex couples living in civil partnerships was falling, now numbering one in five of those asked; this is down a third from 2015.

In the statistics, the couples living together were called families. The ONS is defining a family as ‘a couple with or without children, or a lone parent with at least one child, who live at the same address.’

Speaking to Reuters, Sophie Sanders, the head of demographics analysis at the ONS said: “We’re also generally seeing increasing acceptance of same-sex relationships so people may feel more comfortable to say they are living together.”

Speaking to the BBC, Joe Nellist, the communications co-ordinator for the LGBT Foundation, said: “It is positive to see that more same-sex couples feel confident and able to disclose their relationship and household status.

“We have made significant developments in LGBT equality legislation, including marriage equality in England, Wales and Scotland, which has given more LGBT people the confidence to live their lives openly.”

He added: “It is important to remember that if we’re not counted, we don’t count.”

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