Same-sex marriages and heterosexual marriages show similar longevity

Same-sex marriages and heterosexual marriages show similar longevity
"Annual Hazard Rate of Break-Up." Credit: Journal of Marriage and Family

Among couples with marriage-like commitments, same-sex couples have a similar break-up rate as heterosexual couples, according to a recent study. The study also found that same-sex couples with a marriage-like commitment have stable unions regardless of government recognition.

The findings come from a nationally representative survey of 3,009 couples (471 same-sex) who were followed between 2009 and 2013.

"The marriage commitment is associated with a strong benefit in couple stability for both and same-sex ," said Dr. Michael J. Rosenfeld, author of the Journal of Marriage and Family study.


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More information: Rosenfeld, M. J. (2014), Couple Longevity in the Era of Same-Sex Marriage in the United States. Journal of Marriage and Family, 76: 905–918. DOI: 10.1111/jomf.12141
Journal information: Journal of Marriage and Family

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