April 1 marked the fifth anniversary of The Netherlands’ legalization of gay marriage, and during the past five years the Dutch Central Bureau Of Statistics compiled facts and figures on how things are working out for the betrothed:
• After the first year rush of couples waiting to wed, the number of marriages dropped by 50%, and has leveled off.
• Gay couples are less likely to get married than straight couples, but the rate of divorce is the same for both gay and straight marriages.
• Gay women divorce more often than gay men.
We’re surprised to learn gay women beat their male counterparts in the divorce game. But then, instead of divorce, gay men just start sleeping around and stay together “for the house.”
Statistics on gay marriage in The Netherlands [RadioNetherlands]