Staff Writer cityXtra Magazine
A new report provides evidence that suggests same-sex relationships can be happier than straight relationships.
The Australian study shows same-sex couples have relationships just as healthy, if not healthier, relationships than their straight counterparts.
Professor Janeen Baxter and Dr Francisco Perales co-authored the study together.
Baxter is the Director of the Life Course Centre, which is led by The University of Queensland.
Perales is a LCC Research Fellow.
Baxter explained: ‘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.
‘Our results provide robust evidence to combat deep-rooted and erroneous social perceptions of same-sex relationships being conflictual, unhappy, and dysfunctional.’
Australia legalized same-sex marriage this year to the delight of LGBTI people all around the world.
The study showed ‘relationship quality in same-sex couples was as high as in heterosexual couples in the United Kingdom.’
The relationship quality for same-sex couple in Australia was higher than that for heterosexual couples.
She also explained: ‘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 legalize same-sex marriage and parenting rights.’
The study also showed, however, that bisexual people have great difficulty with the quality of their relationships.
Baxter commented: ‘Our findings highlight the need to give further attention to bisexual individuals as a distinct group because their outcomes are comparatively poor.’