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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.

Aired 8/21/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.


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


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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muckapoo1 | August 21, 2013 at 1:11 p.m. ― 3 years, 5 months ago

Weird study or study of the weird? LOL

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Peking_Duck_SD | August 21, 2013 at 2:12 p.m. ― 3 years, 5 months ago

Sure muck.

Let all the hysterics cry and scream bloody murder that the world as we know it is ending and the evils I all anti-morality will be unleashes like a multi-headed hydra if gay marriage is allowed, and then when it happens stifle any study of the the implications actually are.

On the other hand, we didn't need a study to tell us the hysterics were out of their wits.

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muckapoo1 | August 21, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. ― 3 years, 5 months ago

C'mon Duck, don't get your panties in a wad. LOL

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Eddie89 | August 21, 2013 at 3:31 p.m. ― 3 years, 5 months ago

There's nothing weird about love, honor and commitment. Just like most married couples, some stay married and others don't. Just because we're gay doesn't make us better or worse at being married. Any long term relationship takes work by both partners.

But at least now, both gay and straight have the same rights, benefits and legal protections to help them.

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muckapoo1 | August 21, 2013 at 6:20 p.m. ― 3 years, 5 months ago

This was a win for the scumbag divorce lawyers. Better than chasing an ambulance, I guess. Eddie, straights don't get stupid and have parades showing their commitment. Is this not weird to you? It is to me. Just another way of recruitment for the gay agenda. Science dictates that there should be zero gay growth. Any percentage of increase is by recruitment or choice.

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Eddie89 | August 22, 2013 at 12:56 p.m. ― 3 years, 5 months ago

LOL! Gay people come from straight people, Muck. We do not choose our sexual orientation, it's natural in humans, animals and even plants!

Why pride parades and not "straight" parades?

Because every single day is straight pride. Straight people just take it for granted, like breathing air or your heart beating. You don't think about it, it just happens.

Every single day I see straight people, men and women, walking in public, holding hands, kissing, hugging, etc. I see it on TV, I see it in magazines. Straightness is everywhere and always has been!

For a long time, gay people could not do things like that. So, some of them decided to get together one weekend a year and celebrate being gay and be able to enjoy doing the things that straight people have done in public all along.

Haters gotta hate, I suppose. Good luck, Muck.

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