UK’s Gay Divorce Rate: 1%

Jim Burroway

August 7th, 2008

This is based only on a couple of years’ worth of data, so it’s hard to know if this is significant. But according to Pink News:

Between December 2005, when gay and lesbian couples gained the legal right to formalise their relationships, and December 2007, there were 24,629 civil partnerships in England and Wales. Couples have to wait at least a year before they can apply for a dissolution of their partnership. Her Majesty’s Court Service told PinkNews.co.uk that between December 2006 to 28th July 2008, there have been just 245 petitions for a dissolution.

According to Pink News, some of those disolution figures may include unions, marriages or partnerships entered into overseas and dissolved by the courts in England and Wales. There are no comparable figures for heterosexual divorce, although the report suggests that somewhere under a quarter of all marriages end in divorce in the first ten years.

Samantha Davis

August 7th, 2008

“Evidence from the UK shows that one out of five homosexual ‘marriages’ won’t see their 21st anniversary.” –Bigot

How did I get that? Let’s see. So over two years 1% of gays have filed for divorce. Since they aren’t eligible for divorce for the first year that means that for each year [so far] that they have been eligible for divorce one out of every 100 gay marriages have either been dissolved or is process of being dissolved.

Extrapolate that for the next 19 years (21 years of marriage), assuming that the divorce rate stays even (and there isn’t any *evidence* that it won’t be), and you have 20% divorce rate or one out of five.

Isn’t it lovely how you can spin statistics if you try hard enough?

Tavdy

August 8th, 2008

Assuming the UK’s gay divorce rate stays stable at 1%, that means the married citizens of Nevada are over six times more likely to divorce than married British gays.

Of course that figure only accounts for straight Nevadans, since gay Nevadans are banned from marrying within their own state…

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