Dearth of marriages but plethora of divorces

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

 When I wrote about the same sex marriages in “Breakdown of loving relationship” somehow I assumed that 2-3% of population so inclined would marry in the approximately same proportions as heterosexuals. It seem that it is not the case at all.

Since 1997, when Hawaii became the first state in the union to allow reciprocal-beneficiary registration for same-sex couples, 19 states and the District of Columbia have granted some form of legal recognition to the relationships of same-sex couples. These variants include marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships, and reciprocal-beneficiary relationships; and the most recent U.S. Census data reveal that, in the last 15 years, only 150,000 same-sex couples have elected to take advantage of them — equivalent to around one in five of the self-identified same-sex couples in the United States. This number does not appear to be low because of the fact that only a few states have allowed full “marriage”; indeed, in the first four years when gay marriage was an option in trailblazing Massachusetts, there were an average of only about 3,000 per year, and that number included many who came from out of state.//

This dearth of early adopters is not peculiar to America. Research conducted in 2004 by Gunnar Anderson, a professor of demography at Sweden’s Stockholm University, seems to confirm the trend. Anderson looked at legal partnerships in both Norway and Sweden and found that in Norway, which legalized civil unions in 1993, only 1,300 homosexual couples registered in the first eight years, compared with 190,000 heterosexual marriages; in Sweden, between initial passage in 1995 and a review in 2002, 1,526 legal partnerships were registered, compared with 280,000 heterosexual marriages. In the Netherlands, gay marriage is actually declining in popularity: 2,500 gay couples married in 2001 — the year it was legalized — and that number dropped to 1,800 in 2002, 1,200 in 2004, and 1,100 in 2005. In 2009, the last year for which figures are available, less than 2 percent of marriages in the Netherlands were between same-sex couples.

Controlling for the ratio of homosexuals to heterosexuals does little to explain the enthusiasm gap. For rates to be similar, we would have to pretend that only 0.5 percent of the population of Sweden, 0.7 percent of the population of Norway, and less than 2 percent of the population of Holland is gay.//

I suspect that our thoroughly politicised Australian Bureau of Statistics will never make the Australian figures public.

Enthusiasm for marriage is somewhat lopsided by gender. Divorces, too. According to UCLA’s Williams Institute, two-thirds of legally recognized same-sex couples in the United States are lesbian. // While data in the United States are clearly limited, Scandinavian countries have been at this a little longer. Denmark was the first country to introduce recognition of same-sex partnerships, coining the term “registered partnership” in 1989. Norway followed suit in 1993, and then Sweden in 1995. Again, Stockholm University’s study seems to confirm the American trend. In Norway, male same-sex marriages are 50 percent more likely to end in divorce than heterosexual marriages, and female same-sex marriages are an astonishing 167 percent more likely to be dissolved. In Sweden, the divorce risk for male-male partnerships is 50 percent higher than for heterosexual marriages, and the divorce risk for female partnerships is nearly double that for men. This should not be surprising: In the United States, women request approximately two-thirds of divorces in all forms of relationships — and have done so since the start of the 19th century — so it reasonably follows that relationships in which both partners are women are more likely to include someone who wishes to exit.//[Full article]

It appears that there is no great rush to the rainbow altars, but even that trickle, sanctified by a government ceremony, creates afterwards great rush to divorce courts. So I was right after all.

An over-assertive minority, egged on by the Socialist International, is bringing misery to the lesbians and homosexuals world-wide. It is no surprise that Obama joined them. But there is no everlasting happiness at the end of those particular rainbows.

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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13 Responses to Dearth of marriages but plethora of divorces

  1. Globo says:

    Those statistics should not surprise anybody who had even a short, passing contact with lesbians. Sadly, politics of hate and envy, ie. Marxism, enters the bedrooms under a guise of more freedom. Homosexuals and lesbians will be amongst the first to suffer when the old, tolerant order is replaced by the “New” one.

  2. Antisthenes says:

    Not sooner posted then somebody else … Mark Steyn:
    The Atlantic’s Garance Franke-Ruta observes that “Americans have no idea how few gay people there are“:

    In 2002, a quarter of those surveyed guessed upwards of a quarter of Americans were gay or lesbian (or “homosexual,” the third option given). By 2011, that misperception had only grown, with more than a third of those surveyed now guessing that more than 25 percent of Americans are gay or lesbian. Women and young adults were most likely to provide high estimates, approximating that 30 percent of the population is gay. Overall, “U.S. adults, on average, estimate that 25 percent of Americans are gay or lesbian,” Gallup found. Only 4 percent of all those surveyed in 2011 and about 8 percent of those surveyed in 2002 correctly guessed that fewer than 5 percent of Americans identify as gay or lesbian.

    Over at Powerline, John Hinderaker comments:

    How on Earth can the average American believe that one-quarter of the men and women he sees every day are gay? Does that make any possible sense? Are one-quarter of your relatives gay, or your co-workers or neighbors? Of course not (unless you live in certain precincts of San Francisco). Glenn Reynolds’s explanation, perhaps tongue in cheek, was that there are so many gays on television, and I think that must be at least part of the answer. A vastly disproportionate number of characters in TV sitcoms and dramas are homosexual. A second and closely related factor is that homosexuality features disproportionately as a theme in movies, books and so on. It is an extraordinary instance of culture eclipsing reality.

    I’d add that the schools talk about it non-stop. At my kids’ tiny and pitifully non-diverse rural grade-school, by Second or Third Grade the class wags are minded to declare themselves gay just to make the dear old guidance counselor feel her work has not been in vain. My favorite example of “culture eclipsing reality” is the poignant tale I cited recently of the Gay-Straight Alliance at Pembroke Academy in New Hampshire:

    The school-approved GSA began five years ago with an ambitious platform of exciting gay activities. “They had plans for group events, like bake sales and car washes, but they never came to pass,” explained Ms Yackanin, the social studies teacher who served as the GSA’s first advisor.

    From a lack of gay bake sales and gay car washes, the GSA has now advanced to a lack of gays. “The students just stopped coming,” said Mrs McCrum, the new Spanish teacher who took over the GSA at the start of this school year. This is the homophobic reality of our education system: a school gay group that has everything it needs except gays. Mrs Yackanin is reported by the Pembroke Academy paper as “saying to heterosexuals that the GSA is a resource for the entire school community.” C’mon, you guys, what’s wrong with you? No penetrative sex with other boys is required, or even heavy petting. It’s all about getting together in the old school spirit and organizing a gay car wash.

    Given the relentless but boring propagandizing of the culture, I would expect the Gallup trend to continue: By 2020, polls will show that Americans think 87 per cent of people are gay, and Pembroke Academy will have made participation in the gay bake sale compulsory.

  3. Ace knowledge says:

    I appreciate your insightful article. Minorities rule! Manipulated by what you call Socialist International, but is rather a loose collection of loonies and a tight group of leaders.

  4. vital stats says:

    If they want to get married, why not? Why should only heterosexuals suffer? But we can be sure that after ‘divorce’ all those IVF babies would have to be supported by taxpayers.

  5. mildar says:

    It is a part of the same plot to emasculate Western civilisation, based on Christianity. It is so obvious aand that may be the reason why people do not want to see it.

  6. Mailers says:

    That’s really nice research. PC brigade doesn’t like the truth.

  7. a torrenti says:

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  11. Mink Tail says:

    Less than 3% of population make such a fuss! It must suit the social engineers of Stalin’s desires.

  12. Paul Jefferson says:

    Marriage (as a sacrament and/or commitment between parties) isn’t yours to give or take. Well clearly it is societies to give or take. At issue is what does marriage mean. If it means something then it can give that, but can’t give what it doesn’t mean.Does marriage mean polygamy, does marriage mean incestual marriage, does marriage mean underage marraige, does marriage mean gay marriage, does marriage mean harems.Does marriage mean multiple marriages.

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