We all know the old fundie refrain about how "gays are destroying marriage." Of course, this comes from hypocritical people who cheat on their wives, are raging closet cases, or are working their way through marriage #3.
Well, a report out of the UK should put some of that talk to rest.
The UK's Pink News has an interesting article up about how less than 1% of civil partnerships end in 'divorce'. In the past three years since same-sex couples gained the right to legalize their relationships there were 24,629 civil partnerships in England and Wales. Out of those, only 250 lesbian and gay civil partnerships have ended in dissolution.
Compare this to the statistics on hetero couples:
Divorce rates in 2005 suggest that approximately 45 per cent of marriages will end in divorce. Almost half these divorces will occur before couples reach their tenth anniversary.
Perhaps it is the fact that many of first couples to get hitched are long term relationships. It could also be the fact that LGBT couples, having fought for the right, take the union more seriously.
Ben Summerskill, chief executive of Stonewall, said in the article:
This is a small number and it confirms that many people entering into civil partnerships take it very seriously indeed. Certainly there is no credible evidence that lesbian and gay people do not live in stable relationships.
Whatever the reason, it seems to poke holes in the ridiculous argument that we are destroying marriages by gaining relationship recognition. It would actually seem the opposite- that LGBT people are actually strengthening what has become a failing institution.