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Study: Gay
Couples as Devoted as Straight Couples

Study: Gay
Couples as Devoted as Straight Couples

New research shows that gay and lesbian couples are just as devoted in their relationships as straight people and that while being denied marriage or civil unions doesn't affect their happiness, it does diminish their likelihood of staying together, Reuters reported Tuesday.

New research shows that gay and lesbian couples are just as devoted in their relationships as straight people and that while being denied marriage or civil unions doesn't affect their happiness, it does diminish their likelihood of staying together, Reuters reported Tuesday.

In two new studies published in the journal Developmental Psychology, scientists compared same-sex and heterosexual couples and assessed their happiness. The first study, released by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, found that as the level of commitment increased, so did the ability to resolve conflicts, disproving the myth that gay couples are weaker than straight ones, according to the study.

"Among the committed couples, there were very few differences that we were able to identify either in terms of how satisfied these couples were, how effectively they interacted with one another, or how their bodies responded physiologically while they were interacting with one another," Glenn I. Roisman, one of the researchers, told Reuters.

A second study focused on whether the legal status of a relationship affected its quality. Researchers from the University of Washington, the University of Vermont, and San Diego State University concluded that gay couples -- with and without civil unions -- found their relationships more fulfilling than straight married couples. Same-sex couples without civil unions, though, were more likely to end their relationships.

"I think it's very hard to make the case, as has been made, that these same-sex relationships are fundamentally different from opposite-sex relationships in the presence of data like these and other data in the developmental literature," Roisman told Reuters. (The Advocate)

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