Gay Couples Better than Straight Couples?

18 03 2009


It’s an oldie, from June 2008, but my friend BadEvan brought it up in relationship to the Committee hearings in Vermont about the equal marriage bill.

From the NYT:

The stereotype for same-sex relationships is that they do not last. But that may be due, in large part, to the lack of legal and social recognition given to same-sex couples. Studies of dissolution rates vary widely.

After Vermont legalized same-sex civil unions in 2000, researchers surveyed nearly 1,000 couples, including same-sex couples and their heterosexual married siblings. The focus was on how the relationships were affected by common causes of marital strife like housework, sex and money.

Notably, same-sex relationships, whether between men or women, were far more egalitarian than heterosexual ones. In heterosexual couples, women did far more of the housework; men were more likely to have the financial responsibility; and men were more likely to initiate sex, while women were more likely to refuse it or to start a conversation about problems in the relationship. With same-sex couples, of course, none of these dichotomies were possible, and the partners tended to share the burdens far more equally.

While the gay and lesbian couples had about the same rate of conflict as the heterosexual ones, they appeared to have more relationship satisfaction, suggesting that the inequality of opposite-sex relationships can take a toll.

“Heterosexual married women live with a lot of anger about having to do the tasks not only in the house but in the relationship,” said Esther D. Rothblum, a professor of women’s studies at San Diego State University. “That’s very different than what same-sex couples and heterosexual men live with.”

The results of the Vermont hearings are as “on the edge of your seat” worthy, I think, as any of the court cases have been. We may pass an equal marriage bill through our elected representatives.

That’s a beautiful thing.

And next, Maine. Rhode Island and New Hampshire seem to be stalled in committee… Though we’re all still waiting on the Iowa Supreme Court to make a ruling.

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20 03 2009
BadEvan

I love the fact that these studies say we make better spouses than our hetero counter parts. Plus we can add MILLIONS if not BILLIONS to the state revenue.

BTW did you hear the craziness coming out of Minnesota? Damn right wing breeders!

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