Unmarried heterosexual partners and even ones in “marriage light” civil union arrangements have a higher dissolution rate than marriages.Only time will tell how full marriage equality will affect same-sex partnerships between women. It’s just that lesbians are more likely to enter into formally committed relationships than gay men.The quality of our relationships are our own responsibility and something we have direct control over.3) Uhauling It’s a common joke but this stereotype exists for a reason.
Also some gay men who marry may be older and richer, which has an influence on relationship stability. The National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study (2010) showed a break up rate of 56% versus 36.3% in a comparable study of heterosexuals in the 6th Cycle of the U. These female couples conceived through artificial insemination so these families were well planned and financially secure but still had higher dissolution rates than for a general sample of heterosexual couples.If there are two women that aren’t sexual initiators in a relationship, it makes sense that sex may become an issue and may make moving on to a more exciting new relationship more appealing.This is just a theory and there doesn’t seem to be any research on this exact point.But serial monogamy seems to be the norm in our community and maybe this is one reason why.5) Civil Unions Aren’t Marriage and May be More Unstable Studies on live in relationships, civil unions, and domestic partner arrangements aren’t the same as studies on actual legalized full marriage equality and those unions are not likely to be as stable.Some data that has come out of Europe, as well as other sociological studies, have shown a consistent pattern of very high break up rates (much higher than for heterosexuals or gay men even) between female same-sex couples in live in, civil union, and domestic partnership type arrangements.