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The extension of civil marriage rights to same-sex couples in various jurisdictions can raise legal issues upon dissolution of these unions that are not experienced by opposite-sex couples.

Divorce ratesEdit

A study on short-term same-sex marriages in Norway and Sweden found that divorce rates were higher in same-sex marriages than in opposite-sex marriages, and that unions of lesbians are considerably less stable, or more dynamic, than unions of gay men. Conversely, in the United Kingdom the divorce rate is a mere one percent for gays and is much lower in Denmark.[1][2][3] The authors cited that this may be due to same-sex couples "non- involvement in joint parenthood", "lower exposure to normative pressure about the necessity of life-long unions" as well as differing motivations for getting married.[3]

See alsoEdit


  3. 3.0 3.1 Andersson, Gunnar (February 2006). "The Demographics of Same-Sex "Marriages“ in Norway and Sweden" (PDF) 43: 79–98. Demography.  Text version.

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