Why aren’t gays and lesbians actually marrying when they are given the chance?
I don’t really know the answer to this question, especially when I’m repeatedly told by the Gay Elitists that I must have gay marriage in order to be treated as a real human being by society. But data doesn’t lie when gays and lesbians are given that option…..
Here are the results of a study by The Institute For Marriage and Public Policy. (Full disclosure note… since I saw this story at The Corner, I have to assume this institute has an interest in protecting traditional marriage. However, as I said, the actual data doesn’t lie.)
What proportion of gays and lesbians choose marriage where it has been available? The highest estimate to date of the proportion of gays and lesbians who have married in any jurisdiction that permits it is 16.7% (Massachusetts). More typically, our survey of marriage statistics from
various countries that legally recognize same-sex unions suggests that today between 1% and 5% of gays and lesbians have entered into a same-sex marriage. In the Netherlands, which has had same-sex marriage as a legal option for the longest period (since 2001), between 2% and 6% of
gays and lesbians have entered marriages.
Of course our experience with same-sex marriage is in its infancy. The small fraction of gays and lesbians who have currently married may change as cultural mores and expectations in the gay community shift, as some commentators have predicted. Or as others have suggested, once the novelty wears off, same-sex marriage may prove a decreasingly popular personal choice in the gay and lesbian community.
Is marriage another gay community “novelty”? Perhaps, since the heavily advertised “Equality Ride” across the USA is not discussing marriage, but rather “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”