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Same-sex marriages

Published December 6, 2012 1:01 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Nicholas Wolfinger's "Let's endorse marriage" (Forum, Nov. 11), a reply to my op-ed, "Gay parenting: Sound science" (Opinion, Oct. 27), notes that "offspring raised by same-sex parents have more problems as adults because they experience less stable home lives, not because their parents are gay or lesbian." He suggests that if persons with same-sex attraction were granted the civil right to marry, these families would be more stable.

I am skeptical that marriage will make lesbian or gay relationships more stable. In Sweden, where same-sex couples have been allowed to marry for years and social acceptance is greater, divorce rates are much higher among same-sex couples (30 percent of female same-sex marriages and 20 percent of male marriages end in divorce within five years, compared to 13 percent of opposite-sex marriages).

These numbers confirm the common sense advice of many mothers and marriage counselors: If we are in a dating relationship that is unstable, we should not expect this problem to disappear once we walk down the aisle.

If same-sex couples and their families are unstable, let's take a hard look at why, help them address the underlying reasons, and leave marriage out of it.

Ana Samuel

Princeton, N.J.