Same sex marriage has long been thought to be bad for families, community, and society as a whole. Many claim that traditional marriage is a union upheld by God and that allowing LGBT to marry would deemphasize the role of traditional marriage and would lead to the destruction of marriage and the family unit as a whole. When you dig into these claims, you find many studies that say the complete opposite. Traditional marriage as it stands has a divorce rate of 52% before the 20th anniversary ("Cdc," n.d.), or you can say that there is a 2% chance that in any given year a traditional marriage will end in divorce ("Wall Street Journal," n.d.). When you look at data from states where civil unions and same sex marriages are legal you find that there is a 1% chance that any given same sex union would end in divorce in any given year. This is half the rate of that of traditional marriage and if you extrapolated out using the data from traditional marriage you would see a 26% divorce rate among same sex couples. In the 1960s, less than 20% of all marriages ended in a divorce before the 20th anniversary. There has been a steady steep decline up to the present. The institution of marriage actually predates most modern day religions. Marriage was an instrument to transfer property, and the church became a part of this transferal of property when it was granted that right by the nobles of the time. This was the introduction of the church and religion into the marriage business. Same sex couples often have larger amounts of disposable and saved income which allows for better planning and survival during weak economic periods. Same sex couples often have to plan for children rather than the accidental pregnancy in traditional relationships. This often leads to a more financially stable environment for the child and an overall healthier existence. The evidence when approached logically does not bear out the fear that same sex marriage is a...
References: CDC. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.nbcnews.com/health/cdc-only-half-first-marriages-last-20-years-514705?franchiseSlug=healthmain
Wall Street Journal. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323309604578431152673092608.html
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