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Divorce Rate in Same-Sex Partnerships In Sweden

Posted by Mats on 22/06/2010

Divorce Rate in Same-Sex
Partnerships In Sweden

A new study published by the Institute For Marriage And Public Policy (IMAPP) in May, 2004, sheds light on the high incidence of legal “divorce” among gays who entered into a registered same-sex partnership in Sweden.The IMAPP report surveys the results of a study published by Gunnar Andersson, earlier this year entitled “Divorce-Risk Patterns In Same-Sex ‘Marriages’ In Norway And Sweden.”

The IMAPP report notes that in Sweden, between 1995 and 2002, there were 1,526 gay partnerships contracted, compared to 280,000 for heterosexual couples. Five out of 1,000 new couples in Sweden are same-sex. Sixty-two percent of those are male same-sex unions.

The survey revealed a high rate of legal divorce among homosexual couples in Sweden. Gay male couples were 50% more likely to divorce within an eight-year period than were heterosexuals; and lesbian couples were 167% more likely to divorce than heterosexual couples.

According to IMAPP: “Even among childless households, same-sex male partnerships experienced almost a 50% higher likelihood (1.49 times as likely) of divorce during the study period, while childless lesbian couples were three times as likely (200% higher likelihood) to break up as a married couple without children.”

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