Before you answer, let me give you some background as to why I'd ask this question. For eleven years, I was married to a gay man. I thought my situation rare until I got a divorce and found out that many women have married gay men and many men have married lesbians, only to find out later and see it all crash and burn. Do you think that if equal marriage became widely accepted by society, there would be less pressure or need for people to lie to themselves about who they are and marry people of the opposite gender, resulting in fewer divorces for reasons of sexual orientation?
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I should have defined what wide acceptance means. I meant it to mean almost everyone in the society has no problem with people marrying or loving the people they fall in love with and it's something that could occur in the future, but hasn't yet..
I don't think it would change my answer. Marriage is hard, regardless of gender. I don't think the divorce rate will change.
Do you think gay people will continue to marry people of the opposite sex at the same rates, even in the future? IMO, equality makes marriage slightly less about religion and social pressure and slightly more about love. Thanks for your insight!
If you think about interracial marriage: it's so commonplace in some places, and yet there are still people who are against it, who won't tell their families they're seriously dating someone of another race. Same thing will happen with LGBT folks.
That's a really good point. It's too bad more equality in a society is unlikely to strengthen the institution of marriage. Personally, I see more value to marriage as an institution now that it isn't being used as a tool of oppression.
I'm aware gay/hetero marriages are few. Wouldn't getting rid of one wrong reason help, even a little? I also think equality makes more marriages more about love than politics or religion which may reduce other wrong reasons.
I think there are really no differences between gay and hetero marriages, but many still think there are. I think if that belief disappears, fewer people will get married to hide who they are. Equality also makes marriage more about love, IMO.
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Why would gay people keep marrying heterosexual people at the same rates and later divorcing them if they are free to marry people they're actually attracted to? That's part of the question asked.
This certainly has no bearing on my comment, Marriage eq has nothing to do with changing the divorce rate.