More women in same-sex marriages

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Sweden since 2009, and civil partnerships since 1995 - but far more women are marrying women than men marrying men, show new figures from Statistics Sweden.

At the end of 2012 there were 4,521 Swedish women married to women, a quarter more than the number of Swedish men. Only the Swedes are numbered in the statistics, and some are married to people from other countries.

Ulrika Westerlund, the head of Sweden's Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (RFSL), says that lesbians are more motivated to marry since they are the ones most likely to have children, and to want the legal protection for their family that a marriage brings.

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