Same-sex couples have a lower divorce rate than their straight counterparts, new research has suggested.
An analysis of same-sex marriages since its legalisation in two US states found that gay couples divorced at a rate of 5.4 per cent in New Hampshire and 3.6 per cent in Vermont over four years.
This works out at an average of 1.1 per cent annually. Relationships such as civil unions from California, New Jersey, Washington, Wisconsin and Washington DC were also taken into consideration. With that data included, the breakup rate only goes up to 1.6 per cent per year.
By contrast, straight couples in the United States have an annual divorce rate of two per cent.
The research was conducted by the Williams Institute, a research group based at the University of California, Los Angeles which focuses on gay rights and gender recognition. They also found that women make up 64 per cent of all same-sex couples who enter “legal relationships”.
Additionally, the data showed that the number of weddings in New Hampshire, Vermont and Connecticut increased following the legalisation of gay marriage. Prior to 2013, the numbers had been dropping every year.
These findings are the latest to suggest that legal gay marriage has a positive effect on society. In July, a US TV station claimed that the divorce rate overall was lower in states which allowed gay marriage.
To read the Williams Institute report, click here.
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