Same-Sex Couples Less Likely To Divorce Than Straight Couples, Williams Institute Research Finds
By Curtis M. Wong
December 15, 2014
Good news for same-sex couples who are planning to tie the knot: new research has found that those pairs divorced at a slightly lower rate than their heterosexual counterparts.
The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy, which has conducted previous studies on same-sex relationships and parenting, collected administrative data on divorce rates between LGBT couples from New Hampshire and Vermont. The data found that, on average, same-sex couples divorced at an average rate of 1.1 percent annually between the two states, compared with 2 percent annually between heterosexual pairs.
Williams Institute officials also pointed to state administrative data from Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont, which showed that the number of same-sex couples who married nearly doubled in marriage equality states from 2012 to 2013.
Meanwhile, additional research found that female same-sex couples were more likely to “formalize their relationships through marriage, civil unions or domestic partnerships,” which is “a much higher proportion than would be expected.”
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