snopes.com  

Go Back   snopes.com > SLC Central > Social Studies

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 09 October 2013, 03:26 PM
A Turtle Named Mack's Avatar
A Turtle Named Mack A Turtle Named Mack is offline
 
Join Date: 21 June 2007
Location: Marietta, GA
Posts: 21,451
Default Lesbian couples 2x as likely as gay men to end civil partnership as 'divorces' up 20%

Lesbian couples are nearly twice as likely as gay men to end a civil partnership, according to the latest [British] government figures. The number of same-sex couples ending their civil unions leapt by 20 per cent last year, seven years after their introduction in 2005. Overall there were 794 dissolutions in 2012, almost 60 per cent of which were female couples, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...0-8866454.html
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 09 October 2013, 03:34 PM
ganzfeld's Avatar
ganzfeld ganzfeld is offline
 
Join Date: 05 September 2005
Location: Kyoto, Japan
Posts: 23,577
Default

So basically these couples are all far less likely than straight couples to divorce and (just as in straight couples) women are more likely to initiate divorce but still do so far less than heterosexual women or men.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09 October 2013, 03:39 PM
geminilee's Avatar
geminilee geminilee is offline
 
Join Date: 02 December 2005
Location: New Orleans, LA
Posts: 11,518
Default

I wonder if it is a coincidence, or a sign that the "seven year itch" may have some truth to it.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09 October 2013, 03:43 PM
Mad Jay's Avatar
Mad Jay Mad Jay is offline
 
Join Date: 19 July 2003
Location: Virginia
Posts: 13,464
Default

It could be that once gay marriage started getting legalized, the first wave of gay marriages were between couples who were deeply committed to each other for years, whereas people who were in new relationships held off to watch the political fallout. Now, that gay marriage is becoming more mainstream, we have couples who are not as committed getting married.

The divorce rate among same sex relationships is still lower than hetero relationships. I suspect that overtime, the divorce rate between same sex partners will stabiliize to be at the same rate as hetero partners
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09 October 2013, 03:54 PM
GenYus234's Avatar
GenYus234 GenYus234 is offline
 
Join Date: 02 August 2005
Location: Mesa, AZ
Posts: 25,973
Default

I'm not sure 20% is really that much of a jump. Considering that it has only been 7 years, the number of same-sex divorces are probably always going to be going up as the number of same-sex marriages are going to be climbing a lot faster than the number of different-sex marriages. So it would make sense for the rate of divorce for same-sex divorce to increase faster. IE, assuming a linear progression, this past year saw the number of same-sex marriages increase by 14%. If that were so, a divorce rate of 20% isn't that much of a surprise.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10 October 2013, 09:11 PM
jimmy101_again jimmy101_again is offline
 
Join Date: 29 December 2005
Location: Greenwood, IN
Posts: 6,903
Default

60:40, isn't that 1.5x not 2x? 2x would be 67:33.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10 October 2013, 09:30 PM
GenYus234's Avatar
GenYus234 GenYus234 is offline
 
Join Date: 02 August 2005
Location: Mesa, AZ
Posts: 25,973
Default

That would only be true if there were equal numbers of female same-sex marriages as male same-sex marriages. If there are 1,000 divorces and 600 of them are women and 400 are men, but there are 1,200 female same-sex marriages and 1,600 male same sex marriages, then a woman would be twice as likely to get divorced (50%) compared to a man (25%).
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New Australian commercial: ‘You’re having a lesbian’ snopes Social Studies 5 10 June 2013 01:55 PM
Anyone have ideas for things LDR couples can do online? Smoke & Mirrors Amusement Bark 13 10 June 2013 11:30 AM
How Often Should Married Couples Have Sex? snopes NFBSK Gone Wild! 7 25 April 2013 07:35 PM
Same sex couples to get some military benefits JoeBentley War, What Is It Good For? 2 06 February 2013 08:00 PM


All times are GMT. The time now is 03:40 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.