Data from the total population of Sweden was collected and patterns were analysed for male same-sex unions, female same-sex unions and opposite sex unions. Several findings were noted.
1. The introduction of SSM legislation had NO NOTICEABLE EFFECT on the pace of formation of new same-sex unions neither did legislation reduce rate of divorce among same sex couples.
2. Introduction of laws that supported PARENTING RIGHTS in same-sex unions led to increase in female same sex unions
3. Overall, people in same sex union have HIGHER risk of divorce than opposite sex unions. Tendency to divorce highest among same sex women, followed by same sex males then opposite sex couples.
4. Although Andersson’s 2006 study showed higher rates of divorce for males in same sex union, divorce rates declined over period of study to approach those of opposite sex couples.
5. Divorce risk for female same sex unions remained at least 33% higher than that of opposite sex unions over 15 years of follow up.
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