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Registration of Civil Partnerships, Same Sex Marriage: Consultation Analysis

This report presents the analysis of responses received in reaction to the Scottish Government consultation on same sex marriage and the religious registration of civil partnership. The consultation closed on 9th December 2011.


ANNEX F - MAIN QUESTION RESPONSES, OVERALL AND BY AREA

Note: see paragraph 2.2 of the main report for explanation of 'potential maximum respondents'.

Question 1

Do you agree that legislation should be changed so that civil partnerships could be registered through religious ceremonies?

All Respondents Scotland Rest of the UK Rest of the World
N % N % N % N %
Yes 17,597 39% 15,428 51% 1,657 12% 496 45%
No 23,241 52% 11,542 38% 11,292 83% 396 36%
Don't Know 3,963 9% 3,078 10% 673 5% 208 19%
Total 44,801 100% 30,048 100% 13,622 100% 1,100 100%

Potential maximum respondents = 45,668

Note: percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding
Note: figures for Scotland, Rest of the UK and Rest of the World may not sum to All Respondents because country of residence could not be identified for a small number of respondents.

Question 2

Do you think that the proposals in England and Wales on registration of civil partnerships in religious premises would be appropriate for Scotland?

All Respondents Scotland Rest of the UK Rest of the World
N % N % N % N %
Yes 887 11% 794 13% 87 5% 5 8%
No 4,743 59% 3,294 53% 1,405 78% 42 71%
Don't Know 2,460 30% 2,146 34% 301 17% 12 20%
Total 8,090 100% 6,234 100% 1,793 100% 59 100%

Potential maximum respondents =10,707

Note: percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding
Note: figures for Scotland, Rest of the UK and Rest of the World may not sum to All Respondents because country of residence could not be identified for a small number of respondents.

Question 3

Do you agree with allowing religious celebrants to register civil partnerships in religious premises?

All Respondents Scotland Rest of the UK Rest of the World
N % N % N % N %
Yes 1,339 13% 1,228 15% 100 5% 10 16%
No 8,702 86% 6,943 84% 1,706 93% 49 79%
Don't Know 124 1% 88 1% 33 2% 3 5%
Total 10,165 100% 8,259 100% 1,839 100% 62 100%

Potential maximum respondents =10,707

Note: percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding
Note: figures for Scotland, Rest of the UK and Rest of the World may not sum to All Respondents because country of residence could not be identified for a small number of respondents.

Question 4

Do you agree with allowing religious celebrants to register civil partnerships in other places agreed between the celebrant and the couple?

All Respondents Scotland Rest of the UK Rest of the World
N % N % N % N %
Yes 1,681 18% 1,431 20% 237 13% 12 20%
No 6,105 67% 4,680 65% 1,386 77% 37 63%
Don't Know 1,312 14% 1,117 15% 184 10% 10 17%
Total 9,098 100% 7,228 100% 1,807 100% 59 100%

Potential maximum respondents =10,707

Note: percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding
Note: figures for Scotland, Rest of the UK and Rest of the World may not sum to All Respondents because country of residence could not be identified for a small number of respondents.

Question 5

Do you agree that religious bodies should not be required to register civil partnerships?

All Respondents Scotland Rest of the UK Rest of the World
N % N % N % N %
Yes 23,232 94% 11,862 92% 11,020 97% 330 89%
No 885 4% 724 6% 147 1% 13 3%
Don't Know 568 2% 295 2% 242 2% 29 8%
Total 24,685 100% 12,881 100% 11,409 100% 372 100%

Potential maximum respondents =25,350

Note: percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding
Note: figures for Scotland, Rest of the UK and Rest of the World may not sum to All Respondents because country of residence could not be identified for a small number of respondents.
Note: to avoid double counting the figures presented above do not include responses made at Question5/11 on the Equality Network amended form. These responses have been included within the figures at Question 11 (see relevant tables below).

Question 6

Do you consider that religious celebrants should not be allowed to register civil partnerships if their religious body has decided against registering civil partnerships?

All Respondents Scotland Rest of the UK Rest of the World
N % N % N % N %
Yes 19,842 87% 9,313 86% 10,217 87% 301 81%
No 1,910 8% 1,136 10% 738 6% 35 9%
Don't Know 1,186 5% 406 4% 744 6% 35 9%
Total 22,938 100% 10,855 100% 11,699 100% 371 100%

Potential maximum respondents = 23,774

Note: percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding
Note: figures for Scotland, Rest of the UK and Rest of the World may not sum to All Respondents because country of residence could not be identified for a small number of respondents.

Question 7

Do you consider that individual religious celebrants should not be required to register civil partnerships?

All Respondents Scotland Rest of the UK Rest of the World
N % N % N % N %
Yes 20,106 89% 8,981 87% 10,802 92% 312 83%
No 1,214 5% 571 6% 611 5% 32 9%
Don't Know 1,208 5% 828 8% 349 3% 30 8%
Total 22,528 100% 10,380 100% 11,762 100% 374 100%

Potential maximum respondents = 23,774

Note: percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding
Note: figures for Scotland, Rest of the UK and Rest of the World may not sum to All Respondents because country of residence could not be identified for a small number of respondents.

Question 8

Which of the options do you favour to ensure that religious bodies and celebrants do not have to register civil partnerships against their will?

All Respondents Scotland Rest of the UK Rest of the World
N % N % N % N %
Option 1 885 10% 779 11% 100 8% 6 12%
Option 2 4,641 54% 4,437 60% 197 16% 5 10%
Neither 3,124 36% 2,149 29% 935 76% 38 78%
Total 8,650 100% 7,365 100% 1,232 100% 49 100%

Potential maximum respondents =10,707

Note: percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding
Note: figures for Scotland, Rest of the UK and Rest of the World may not sum to All Respondents because country of residence could not be identified for a small number of respondents.

Question 9

Religious bodies may not wish their premises to be used to register civil partnerships. Do you agree that no legislative provision is required to ensure religious premises cannot be used against the wishes of the relevant religious body?

All Respondents Scotland Rest of the UK Rest of the World
N % N % N % N %
Yes 6,560 29% 2,467 23% 3,940 34% 148 41%
No 13,074 58% 7,400 69% 5,524 48% 144 40%
Don't Know 2,844 13% 788 7% 1,984 17% 70 19%
Total 22,478 100% 10,655 100% 11,448 100% 362 100%

Potential maximum respondents = 23,774

Note: percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding
Note: figures for Scotland, Rest of the UK and Rest of the World may not sum to All Respondents because country of residence could not be identified for a small number of respondents.

Question 10

Do you agree that the law in Scotland should be changed to allow same sex marriage?

Question 10 - All Responses

All Respondents Scotland Rest of the UK Rest of the World
N % N % N % N %
Yes 24,904 32% 22,223 36% 1,913 14% 749 67%
No 51,802 67% 39,724 64% 11,699 86% 368 33%
Don't Know 161 <1% 110 <1% 48 <1% 2 <1%
Total 76,867 100% 62,057 100% 13,660 100% 1,119 100%

Potential maximum respondents = 77,508

Note: percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding
Note: figures for Scotland, Rest of the UK and Rest of the World may not sum to All Respondents because country of residence could not be identified for a small number of respondents.

Question 10 - Standard or Amended Forms & Prepared Letters only

All Respondents Scotland Rest of the UK Rest of the World
N % N % N % N %
Yes 22,211 49% 19,566 65% 1,886 14% 740 67%
No 22,655 50% 10,585 35% 11,694 86% 365 33%
Don't Know 161 <1% 110 <1% 48 <1% 2 <1%
Total 45,027 100% 30,261 100% 13,628 100% 1,107 100%

Potential maximum respondents = 45,668

Note: percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding
Note: figures for Scotland, Rest of the UK and Rest of the World may not sum to All Respondents because country of residence could not be identified for a small number of respondents.

Question 10 - Postcards

All Respondents Scotland Rest of the UK Rest of the World
N % N % N % N %
Yes 2,653 10% 2,617 10% 27 87% 9 82%
No 23,730 90% 23,724 90% 4 13% 2 18%
Don't Know - - - - - - - -
Total 26,383 100% 26,341 100% 31 100% 11 100%

Potential maximum respondents = 26,383

Note: percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding
Note: figures for Scotland, Rest of the UK and Rest of the World may not sum to All Respondents because country of residence could not be identified for a small number of respondents.

Question 10 - Petitions

All Respondents Scotland Rest of the UK Rest of the World
N % N % N % N %
Yes 40 1% 40 1% - - - -
No 5,417 99% 5,415 99% 1 100% 1 100%
Don't Know - - - - - - - -
Total 5,457 100% 5,455 100% 1 100% 1 100%

Potential maximum respondents = 5,457

Note: percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding
Note: figures for Scotland, Rest of the UK and Rest of the World may not sum to All Respondents because country of residence could not be identified for a small number of respondents.

Question 11

Do you agree that religious bodies and celebrants should not be required to solemnise same sex marriage?

Question 11 Only* - All Responses

All Respondents Scotland Rest of the UK Rest of the World
N % N % N % N %
Yes 25,819 95% 14,202 95% 11,232 94% 371 94%
No 1,170 4% 594 4% 557 5% 18 5%
Don't Know 235 1% 128 1% 100 1% 7 2%
Total 27,224 100% 14,924 100% 11,889 100% 396 100%

Potential maximum respondents =28,010

Note: percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding
Note: figures for Scotland, Rest of the UK and Rest of the World may not sum to All Respondents because country of residence could not be identified for a small number of respondents.
*These figures do not include answers given at Question 5/11 on Equality Network amended forms. These figures are presented separately below.

Question 11 Only* - Standard or Amended Forms & Prepared Letters

All Respondents Scotland Rest of the UK Rest of the World
N % N % N % N %
Yes 23,159 94% 11,577 94% 11,204 94% 364 94%
No 1,170 5% 594 5% 557 5% 18 5%
Don't Know 235 1% 128 1% 100 1% 7 2%
Total 24,564 100% 12,299 100% 11,861 100% 389 100%

Potential maximum respondents =25,350

Note: percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding
Note: figures for Scotland, Rest of the UK and Rest of the World may not sum to All Respondents because country of residence could not be identified for a small number of respondents.
*These figures do not include answers given at Question 5/11 on Equality Network amended forms. These figures are presented separately below.

Question 11 - Postcards

All Respondents Scotland Rest of the UK Rest of the World
N % N % N % N %
Yes 2,620 100% 2,585 100% 28 100% 7 100%
No - - - - - - - -
Don't Know - - - - - - - -
Total 2,620 100% 2,585 100% 28 100% 7 100%

Potential maximum respondents =2,620

Note: percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding
Note: figures for Scotland, Rest of the UK and Rest of the World may not sum to All Respondents because country of residence could not be identified for a small number of respondents.

Question 11 - Petitions

All Respondents Scotland Rest of the UK Rest of the World
N % N % N % N %
Yes 40 100% 40 100% - - - -
No - - - - - - - -
Don't Know - - - - - - - -
Total 40 100% 40 100% - - - -

Potential maximum respondents =40

Note: percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding
Note: figures for Scotland, Rest of the UK and Rest of the World may not sum to All Respondents because country of residence could not be identified for a small number of respondents.

Question 5/11 (EQUALITY NETWORK & ASSOCIATED GROUPS AMENDED FORM ONLY)

Do you agree that religious bodies and celebrants should not be required to conduct same sex marriages of civil partnerships if it is against their wishes?

Question 5/11 Only - All Responses

All Respondents Scotland Rest of the UK Rest of the World
N % N % N % N %
Yes 10,768 59% 9,379 59% 892 54% 491 70%
No 4,729 26% 4,108 26% 494 30% 127 18%
Don't Know 2,720 15% 2,375 15% 256 16% 87 12%
Total 18,217 100% 15,862 100% 1,642 100% 705 100%

Potential maximum respondents = 18,474

Note: percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding
Note: figures for Scotland, Rest of the UK and Rest of the World may not sum to All Respondents because country of residence could not be identified for a small number of respondents.

Question 12

Do you agree with the introduction of same sex civil marriage only?

All Respondents Scotland Rest of the UK Rest of the World
N % N % N % N %
Yes 439 6% 326 5% 112 6% 1 2%
No 6,293 79% 4,643 77% 1,588 89% 58 94%
Don't Know 1,190 15% 1,095 18% 92 5% 3 5%
Total 7,922 100% 6,064 100% 1,792 100% 62 100%

Potential maximum respondents = 10,707

Note: percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding
Note: figures for Scotland, Rest of the UK and Rest of the World may not sum to All Respondents because country of residence could not be identified for a small number of respondents.

Question 13

Do you agree with the introduction of same sex marriage, both religious and civil?

All Respondents Scotland Rest of the UK Rest of the World
N % N % N % N %
Yes 20,957 68% 18,464 70% 1,765 49% 710 89%
No 9,263 30% 7,418 28% 1,773 50% 68 9%
Don't Know 440 1% 388 1% 34 1% 17 2%
Total 30,660 100% 26,270 100% 3,572 100% 795 100%

Potential maximum respondents = 31,405

Note: percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding
Note: figures for Scotland, Rest of the UK and Rest of the World may not sum to All Respondents because country of residence could not be identified for a small number of respondents.

Question 14

Do you agree that religious bodies should not be required to solemnise same sex marriage?

All Respondents Scotland Rest of the UK Rest of the World
N % N % N % N %
Yes 9,424 93% 7,640 93% 1,719 95% 60 97%
No 563 6% 482 6% 81 4% 0 0%
Don't Know 105 1% 88 1% 15 1% 2 3%
Total 10,092 100% 8,210 100% 1,815 100% 62 100%

Potential maximum respondents = 10,707

Note: percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding
Note: figures for Scotland, Rest of the UK and Rest of the World may not sum to All Respondents because country of residence could not be identified for a small number of respondents.

Question 15

Do you consider that religious celebrants should not be allowed to solemnise same sex marriages if their religious body has decided against solemnising same sex marriage?

All Respondents Scotland Rest of the UK Rest of the World
N % N % N % N %
Yes 8,620 86% 6,937 85% 1,625 91% 54 86%
No 1,065 11% 963 12% 98 6% 3 5%
Don't Know 306 3% 245 3% 55 3% 6 10%
Total 9,991 100% 8,145 100% 1,778 100% 63 100%

Potential maximum respondents = 10,707

Note: percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding
Note: figures for Scotland, Rest of the UK and Rest of the World may not sum to All Respondents because country of residence could not be identified for a small number of respondents.

Question 16

Do you agree that individual religious celebrants should not be required to solemnise same sex marriage?

All Respondents Scotland Rest of the UK Rest of the World
N % N % N % N %
Yes 9,291 93% 7,602 93% 1,627 93% 57 90%
No 473 5% 405 5% 66 4% 2 3%
Don't Know 224 2% 162 2% 58 3% 4 6%
Total 9,988 100% 8,169 100% 1,751 100% 63 100%

Potential maximum respondents = 10,707

Note: percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding
Note: figures for Scotland, Rest of the UK and Rest of the World may not sum to All Respondents because country of residence could not be identified for a small number of respondents.

Question 17

Which of the options do you favour to ensure that religious bodies and celebrants do not have to solemnise same sex marriage against their will?

All Respondents Scotland Rest of the UK Rest of the World
N % N % N % N %
Option 1 821 9% 720 9% 96 7% 5 10%
Option 2 4,553 50% 4,327 56% 220 16% 4 8%
Neither 2,853 31% 2,021 26% 797 58% 33 63%
Don't Know 894 10% 631 8% 252 18% 10 19%
Total 9,121 100% 7,699 100% 1,365 100% 52 100%

Potential maximum respondents = 10,707

Note: percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding
Note: figures for Scotland, Rest of the UK and Rest of the World may not sum to All Respondents because country of residence could not be identified for a small number of respondents.

Question 18

Religious bodies may not wish their premises to be used to solemnise same sex marriage. Do you agree that no legislative provision is required to ensure religious premises cannot be used against the wishes of the relevant religious body?

All Respondents Scotland Rest of the UK Rest of the World
N % N % N % N %
Yes 2,157 22% 1,584 20% 549 33% 23 41%
No 6,826 71% 5,925 74% 874 53% 24 43%
Don't Know 694 7% 466 6% 218 13% 9 16%
Total 9,677 100% 7,975 100% 1,641 100% 56 100%

Potential maximum respondents = 10,707

Note: percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding
Note: figures for Scotland, Rest of the UK and Rest of the World may not sum to All Respondents because country of residence could not be identified for a small number of respondents.

Question 19

If Scotland should introduce same sex marriage, do you consider that civil partnerships should remain available?

All Respondents Scotland Rest of the UK Rest of the World
N % N % N % N %
Yes 17,781 67% 15,338 68% 1,936 59% 493 64%
No 3,852 14% 3,026 13% 723 22% 101 13%
Don't Know 5,085 19% 4,299 19% 608 19% 175 23%
Total 26,718 100% 22,663 100% 3,267 100% 769 100%

Potential maximum respondents = 29,812

Note: percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding
Note: figures for Scotland, Rest of the UK and Rest of the World may not sum to All Respondents because country of residence could not be identified for a small number of respondents.

Question 8 X Question 1

Support religious
civil partnership
Oppose religious
civil partnership
Don't know
N % N % N %
Option 1 605 57% 257 3% 15 22%
Option 2 139 13% 4,461 60% 21 31%
Neither 319 30% 2,755 37% 32 47%
Total 1,063 100% 7,473 100% 68 100%

Potential maximum respondents = 10,707

Note: percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding

Question 9 X Question 1

Support religious
civil partnership
Oppose religious
civil partnership
Don't know
N % N % N %
Yes 884 55% 5,515 27% 129 24%
No 446 28% 12,352 61% 207 38%
Don't Know 271 17% 2,356 12% 212 39%
Total 1,601 100% 20,223 100% 548 100%

Potential maximum respondents = 10,707

Note: percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding

Question 12 X Question 10

Support same sex marriage Oppose same sex marriage Don't know
N % N % N %
Yes 117 9% 289 4% 23 46%
No 1,093 87% 5,146 78% 13 26%
Don't Know 50 4% 1,121 17% 14 28%
Total 1,260 100% 6,556 100% 50 100%

Potential maximum respondents = 10,707

Note: percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding

Question 13 X Question 10

Support same sex marriage Oppose same sex marriage Don't know
N % N % N %
Yes 20,719 97% 112 1% 38 36%
No 309 1% 8,849 98% 41 39%
Don't Know 383 2% 29 <1% 27 25%
Total 21,411 100% 8,990 100% 106 100%

Potential maximum respondents = 31,405

Note: percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding

Question 17 X Question 10

Support same sex marriage Oppose same sex marriage
N % N %
Option 1 603 51% 207 3%
Option 2 108 9% 4,402 57%
Neither 283 24% 2,531 33%
Don't Know 191 16% 639 8%
Total 1,185 100% 7,779 100%

Potential maximum respondents = 10,707

Note: Percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding

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