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Studying Same-Sex Marriage

Above: Kevin Settles and David VanGilder arrive at the San Diego County Administration building to get married. Photo taken June 17, 2008.

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Esther Rothblum, is a Professor of Women's Studies at San Diego State University and author of the research on same-sex marriages.

Transcript

Now that same-sex marriage is legal again in California, the question arises: will same-sex unions be different from heterosexual marriages?

It turns out that a San Diego State University researcher has been looking into that question since the first same-sex civil unions became legal in Vermont in 2000.

These early findings seem to indicate that same-sex marriage statistics are different and in some ways, better than those of marriages between men and women. But gay couples also have a higher divorce rate.

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