Civil partnerships were introduced in 2004 as a kind of “marriage lite” for homosexual couples. The speculation was that the institution of the civil partnership would effectively be killed off by “full” gay marriage, when it became available in March 2014. The latest statistics seem to bear that out. In 2015 only 861 civil partnerships were formed, a fall of 49% on the 2014 figure and of 85% compared with the 2013 figure. The interesting question is why some (albeit a very small number) still bother at all with civil partnership when marriage is available.