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Statistics on Same-Sex Marriages & Divorce

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Since 2015, same-sex marriages have been legally recognized in all 50 states. This means that couples who were married during that time are now able to file for a divorce. In this blog post, we will explore new statistics on same-sex marriage and divorce during pride month. These statistics may provide some insight into how the legalization of same-sex marriage has affected the divorce rate among gay and lesbian couples.

Same-Sex Marriage & Divorce Stats

More Marriages Taking Place

Since the legalization of same-sex marriages in 2015, there has been a drastic increase in these unions. In a 2020 study by the Williams Institute, they discovered that nearly 300,000 same-sex couples had wed since lifting the ban. This notable increase in marriages has also subsequently impacted the local economy of the places where these weddings take place. The Williams Institute found that the rise in marriages contributed over $244.1 million in state and tax revenues.

Are Divorce Rates Lower?

After the legalization of same-sex marriages in 2015, couples were also subsequently granted access to legal processes such as divorce. According to a study conducted by the Williams Institute, the divorce rate among same-sex couples is lower than the divorce rate among heterosexual couples. This may be due, in part, to the fact that same-sex couples have been unable to get married until recently. Since they have only been able to marry for a few years, the number of divorces among same-sex couples is still relatively low.

Differences In The Community

It is also important to note that there are differences in marriage and divorce rates among the LGBT+ community. In the same study by the Williams Institute, it was found that lesbian couples actually enter more marriages. In fact, two out of three same-sex couples are lesbian. This also means that lesbian divorce rates are higher than other same-sex couples and about twice as likely to file for divorce as gay couples.

Compassionate And Understanding Attorneys

If you are part of a same-sex couple and are encountering marital issues or considering divorce, it is important to have legal representation that understands your situation. The team at Rozin | Golinder Law is aware of the intricacies of same-sex marriages and divorce and can provide you with assistance in your time of need.


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