New research from an Australian University has shown that gay and lesbian couples tend to have higher-quality relationships when compared to their heterosexual counterparts.
Led by The University of Queensland, Professor Janeen Baxter, Director of the Life Course Centre (LCC), said the quality of intimate relationships between gay and lesbian people was high, if not higher than that of heterosexual couples.
“Same-sex couples have been the subject of intense media and political debate in recent years, primarily in relation to formal rights to marry and raise children,” Professor Baxter explained.
“Our results provide robust evidence to combat deep-rooted and erroneous social perceptions of same-sex relationships being conflictual, unhappy, and dysfunctional.”
“In fact, relationship quality in same-sex couples was as high as in heterosexual couples in the United Kingdom and higher in Australia.”
“Relative to heterosexual relationships, same-sex relationships tend to have more equitable domestic work arrangements, less defined gender roles, and a greater sense of social connectedness to a community.”
“We believe these findings support policies to legalise same-sex marriage and parenting rights.”
Professor Baxter says that concerns had been expressed by the “No” campaign in Australia about how the recognition of same-sex couples could contribute to the demise of the nuclear family and the well-being of children, something which this research contradicts.
However, the study also found that bisexual people had greater difficulties with the quality of their relationships, with the authors suggest this could be down to bisexual individuals failing to fit neatly into either the heterosexual mainstream or the gay and lesbian community.
The research is titled, Sexual Identity and Relationship Quality in Australia and the United Kingdom, and is published in Family Relations.
Last Updated on Dec 20, 2017