Brighton is top city for gay marriages
Published by Hannah Wooderson for 24dash.com in Communities
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Brighton and Hove is the most popular place in the country for civil partnerships, figures have revealed.
A total of 1,184 ceremonies were held in the city between December 2005 and September this year. A spokesman for Brighton and Hove City Council said 757 were male couples and 427 were female.
The second most popular place for civil partnerships was Westminster in London, with 1,130 during the same period.
Brighton and Hove city councillor Ayas Fallon-Khan said: "It's interesting that so many couples have chosen us.
"We don't know exactly why this is, but I believe the better balance we have down here is down to two things.
"The first is that Brighton and Hove is a tolerant place. A lot of gay and lesbian people have chosen to live here or like to visit here because they feel welcome and safe.
"The second is simply that we're a great tourist destination, next to the sea and buzzing with nightlife, culture, hotels, restaurants and bars.
"People who come here know they're coming to a friendly city and that they're going to have a great time.
"A lot of the couples we speak to say they've come because they've been before and love the place, and because they've got friends here."