Will Same-Sex Marriage Lower Divorce Rates? It's Complicated
Now that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states, how will this affect the national divorce rate? Well, it's complicated.By Karen Rodriguez | July 2, 2015
"This morning, the Supreme Court recognized that the Constitution guarantees marriage equality," said President Obama.
But where there is marriage, there is also divorce.
A 2014 UCLA Williams Institute report looked at two states' administrative data: New Hampshire and Vermont. The report showed "same-sex couples end their marriages at a rate of 1.1 percent annually, on average," compared to a 2 percent annual divorce rate among different-sex couples in those two states. It’s only slightly lower.