Friday, May 24, 2024

Same-Sex Marriage

It has been twenty years since Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage.

In 2012 there was a hot debate in Minnesota over the issue when a proposed amendment to define marriage as between a man and a woman went to a vote. People were passionate about the issue on both sides. I remember the "yes" side stating rejection would lead to gay marriage and the "no" side saying that was ridiculous. The amendment was defeated. Less than a year later, same-sex marriage was legalized with almost no opposition. Times were changing quickly back then. 

I could never understand what difference gender made in whether you could marry or not but I did wonder how failed marriages would be handled. I felt bad that gay people would now experience the downside of divorce as I had. 

I probably shouldn't have worried so much as a new study reports results showing same-sex marriage to be positive

Many of the positives are related to having or adopting children which I totally understand as I have friends and relatives who have benefited from this.  

Although the study doesn't go into to it, the negatives of divorce experience by many heterosexual marriages are gender related so such issues simply do not exist when same-sex people get divorced.  I strongly suspect the divorce process is far more equitable for same-sex couples than it is for heterosexual couples. Hopefully that equity will have a spill over effect to make the divorce process better for everyone. Hope springs eternal.

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