The Office for National Statistics has reported an interesting rise in the numbers of civil partnerships (despite the legal change in 2014 which allowed same-sex marriages as an alternative).
It seems that civil partnership remains a compelling alternative for couples who don't like the traditional concept of marriage but still want legal and financial protection as a couple.
Campaigners are keen to introduce civil partnerships for heterosexual couples for similar reasons. A test case is likely to reach the Supreme Court later this year (further details can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41004378)
Nicola Haines of the ONS said: "Following legislative change enabling marriages of same-sex couples from March 2014, civil partnership formations declined as the majority of same-sex couples opted for marriage instead. However, 2016 represents the first increase in civil partnership formations since this change, showing that a minority of same-sex couples still prefer this option to marriage."