1,400 couples married in first three month of gay marriage

More than 1,400 same-sex couples were married in the three months since gay marriage was made legal.

The Office for National Statistics said that 1,409 same-sex marriages took place between 29 March and 30 June.

In the first three days of marriage becoming legal 95 couples tied the knot.

Of the 1,409 marriages 56 per cent were between female couples, and 44 per cent between males.

However, Andrew Newbury, head of family law at Slater & Gordon, thought the figure was "surprisingly" low, but expected the figures would rise when 120,000 people are allowed to convert their existing civil partnerships into marriage later this year.

"It is surprising to see such a low take-up in same-sex marriages. We believe a major factor is currently couples who are bound by a civil partnership cannot legally be married," he said.

"We have received many inquiries from same-sex couples wanting information for how they can change their civil partnership to a marriage.

"Due to this, we suspect the figures will increase when the law changes this December allowing civil partnership to convert to same-sex marriage."