Lesbians Marry More Often Than Gay Men
Same-sex marriage licenses will be distributed here in New York today. And, according to the New York Post, the majority of them will be given to lesbian couples.
...In the states that have sanctioned same-sex nuptials to date, lesbians have been marrying in much greater numbers than gay men.
In Connecticut, for example, 3,252 lesbian couples have wed since 2008, when same-sex marriage was legalized, compared with just 2,053 gay guys.
"This is the way men and women have been socialized from the time we're born," said Stephanie Coontz, who teaches family studies at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash. "'Go out, don't commit too early'... It's the message all men receive."
The Connecticut trend remains true in other states that have marriage equality, as well.
Judith Stacey, who penned a controversial piece in the New York Times that described marriage as exclusionary, continued her argument in the Post, telling the paper, "Gay men and lesbians who don't marry or don't want kids are beginning to feel the same kind of social scrutiny that straight people do."