Sexual Orientation, Not a Factor in Divorce

December 3rd, 2014

A recent study has discovered that when individuals who are Gay or Lesbian are awarded the same rights as heterosexual individuals, their government-sanctioned marriage unions tend to have similar divorce or break up rates.

This study was released the same day as the United States Supreme Courts refusal to consider bans on same-sex marriage.  The data from this study was collected throughout 2008 – 2012 and helps States make the decision to support rather then ban same-sex marriage.

Previous studies have made claims that gay and lesbian marriages would not be as stable as heterosexual marriages, leading to a higher divorce or annulment rate.  The data used in these studies however were not using an accurate representation of the United States population.

In the new study, 3000 couples were followed from 2009 – 2012 using surveys.  500 of these couples were same-sex pairings.  There was about a three percent break-up rate for these couples, and there was no significant difference between heterosexual couples and those who considered themselves gay or lesbian.  These results show that it is probable that couples break up for reasons outside of their sexual orientation.

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