December 21, 2007, Newsletter Issue #63: Divorce Statistics

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Gay marriage is too recent a practice for divorce statistics to have been established. In opposite-sex marriages, the divorce rate is generally lower among communities whose religion discourages divorce.

In America, there were 7.5 new marriages and 3.8 divorces per 1,000 couples in 2003. A 2005 study found that 60 % of all marriages ended in divorce in the first decade, and more than 80 % in the first 20 years.

In the Netherlands, where gay marriage has been legal since 2001, gay and heterosexual divorce rates are equal at 1 %. This is the most reliable statistic so far, as the Netherlands was the first country to legalize gay marriage.

Although statistics have yet to emerge, there is no reason gay marriage divorce rates should be vastly dissimilar to heterosexual divorce rates.

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