A new report has found a lower rate of
divorce among gay couples compared to straight couples.
According to an analysis of cumulative
data collected by The
Williams Institute, an independent think tank at UCLA Law, the
average divorce rate for married gay couples is 1.1% annually, while
the rate for straight couples is 2%.
The data comes from two states, New
Hampshire and Vermont.
Five additional states, California, New
Hampshire, New Jersey, Washington and Wisconsin, along with the
District of Columbia provided data on civil union and domestic
The overall average between the eight
states was 1.6% per year, which is also lower than the divorce rate
among heterosexual couples.
Researchers found a larger number of
lesbians tying the knot than gay men. Fifty-one percent of the
same-sex marriages and 64% of the civil unions and domestic
partnerships studied were between women.
Researchers also credit last year's
Supreme Court decision which led to the federal government's
recognition of same-sex marriages for an increase in the number of
gay couples marrying.
“Before 2013, the number of weddings
in Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Vermont decreased each year as the
pent-up demand for wedding played itself out,” researchers
wrote. “In 2013, the number of weddings jumped in all three
states, reversing that earlier downward trend and suggesting that the
Windsor decision may have contributed to more marriages. …
Across the three states, the number of same-sex couples who married
nearly doubled from 2012 to 2013.”