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After Legalized Same-Sex Marriages, Massachusetts Divorce Rate Drops

One of the arguments often articulated against same-sex marriage is that it will somehow ruin everybody else’s marriages. Discriminating against gay and lesbian people is called the “Defense of Marriage,” a “Stand for Marriage,” the fight to “Protect Marriage.” The idea is that somehow or other, gay and lesbian people getting married will just wreck marriage for the rest of us.

Funny thing, though: since same-sex marriage became legal in the state of Massachusetts on May 17, 2004, the divorce rate in Massachusetts has fallen:

Massachusetts Divorce Rate, 1999-2007

(Source: National Center for Health Statistics; 2007 is last year for which data is available)

Where are all those destroyed marriages?

2 thoughts on “After Legalized Same-Sex Marriages, Massachusetts Divorce Rate Drops”

  1. Austin says:

    These statistics are junk how do you know that they are in direct result of gay marriage!
    For all any of these people know people could actually be thinking about who they marry! This has absolutely no correlation with gay marriage at all!

    1. Jim Cook says:

      You just might be onto something there.

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