10 April 2012

The demographic least likely to divorce is...

According to UK's Office of National Statistics, the couple least likely to split within four years after making it official is composed of:

A. One man, one woman
B. Two women
C. Two men

I'll just scroll down a good bit to preserve the surprise.







There. That should do it.

The answer is C.

And here's the thing: it's not even CLOSE. Heterosexuals married in 2005 were more than twice as likely to split up than gay male couples who entered the UK's separate-but-nearly-equal civil unions. Here's the ONS figures:

Heterosexuals: 5.5%
Lesbians: 3.3%
Gay men: 1.6%

I cannot mock the antigay "marriage defenders" more thoroughly than they make a mockery of themselves and their so-called "principles." Even so, they continue to viciously attack and erode the rights of gay people in the United States for no legally valid reason and to accomplish no legally valid purpose.

Witness the upcoming referenda in North Carolina and Minnesota where heterosexuals will once again decide whether they wish to retain special rights, privileges, and benefits for themselves, at the expense of a minority.

As usual, straight people will overwhelmingly decide, "I do."

1 chimed in:

Anonymous said...

As a married heterosexual, I will chime in with my two cents, which is that I wish the government would stay out of all our marriages. Whatever happened to making a commitment to someone and having that be a special thing? I think its ridiculous that marriage is regulated at all. Once people are of majority consenting age, they should be allowed to do whatever they want with their relationship and NO ONE should have to say anything about it. Polygymy, gay marriage, open marriage, whatever. It is ridiculous that if my husband and I - who both own our own businesses, respectively - file our taxes separately, we end up with a large penalty. Taxation as a means to control behaviour is an outdated mode of social engineering and should be done away with. Regardless of whether someone has a moral or religious issue with gay marriage, marriage as an option should be legal for all gay people simply because of the tax issue. Gay people pay taxes like everyone else, but the tax code discriminates against them based on sexual orientation. This should violate equal protection, but thanks to SCOTUS, who constantly makes things far more complicated than they have to be, we have different levels of scrutiny applied to different groups of people - "protected classes." It seems to me that the only "class" that isn't "protected" is the LGBT community. Once we do the right thing with respect to the LGBT community, it will eventually come full circle and do what we should have done in the first place: apply the laws equally to everyone without exception. But that would just be too simple.

-Aubrey