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Gays have lower divorce rate than straight couples
Feb17

Gays have lower divorce rate than straight couples

LAST UPDATED // Monday, 17 February 2014 13:19 Written by // Cec Busby

The Canberra Times has reported the rate of divorce between same-sex couples in the ACT is miniscule compared with their heterosexual counterparts.

Since May 2008, of the 799 same-sex unions performed, only 9 have been terminated – equalling just 1.1 percent.

During the same period 8711 marriages took place and 6965 divorces were granted.

It is not possible to make a straight comparison however as the heterosexual divorce rate would also include couples whose marriage took place prior to 2008.

Dr Amanda Gordon an adjunct associate professor from the University of Canberra said the figures did indicate gay couples were staying together longer, which she said may be attributed to the lack of expectation to getting married and the conscious decision to do so, with straight couples showing less commitment to the idea of marriage.

"They didn't have to work for it, if you like. If it ends they can do it again," Gordon said.

Gordon expected as we move towards marriage equality, it was possible the divorce rates between gay unions and straight marriages would become more aligned.

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Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and GayNewsNetwork.com.au.

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