Number of same-sex marriages in France 2013-2019

On May 17, 2013 France became the 9th European country and the 14th country in the world to allow gay marriage. Only few days after the legalization, the first same-sex marriage was celebrated in the southern city of Montpellier.

The decline in the number of gay marriages

The number of gay marriages reached a record number of more than 10, 000 unions in 2014. Only a year after the legalization of same-sex marriage, the enthusiasm of couples who were not previously allowed to marry each other was still high. Since then the number of gay marriages has been decreasing gradually, falling to 6,000 nuptials in 2018, while marriages between individuals of different sexes do not decline. Even though France was second ranking when it comes to the number of marriages in Europe in 2016, the country also had a divorce rate of 51.2 per every 100 marriages.

The popularity of civil partnerships

Implemented in 1999, the civil partnership (called PACS in French) provided unmarried couples of different or same-sex to organize their life together. If the number of gay marriages is declining in France, the number of civil partnerships contracted between same-sex couples is increasing. In 2017 more than 7,000 same-sex civil partnerships were signed in the country. A trend also observed in other European countries like Belgium.

Number of same-sex marriages in France between 2013 and 2019

Exclusive Premium statistic

You need a Single Account for unlimited access.

  • Full access to 1m statistics

  • Incl. source references

  • Available to download in PNG, PDF, XLS format

Single Account

only $59 / month *
*Duration: 12 months, billed annually, single license

Access to this and all other statistics on 80,000 topics from

$708 / Year

Show detailed source information?
Register for free
Already a member?
Log in

Release date

February 2020



Survey time period

2013 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Same-sex marriage has been legal in France since 2013.
Starting 2014, the Mayotte island is taken into account.

Open this statistic in...
Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $708 / Year
Basic Account
Get to know the platform

You only have access to basic statistics.
This statistic is not included in your account.

Single Account
Your perfect start with Statista
  • Instant access to 1m statistics
  • Download in XLS, PDF & PNG format
  • Detailed references
$59 / Month *
Corporate Account
Full access

Corporate solution including all features.

* All products require an annual contract; Prices do not include sales tax.

Statistics on "Demography in France"

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $708 / Year
Learn more about how Statista can support your business.