Same-sex couples are happier, study finds

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After questioning more than 25,000 people in the UK and over 9,000 in Australia, researchers found that gay and lesbian people have less struggles in relationships in comparison to their opposite-sex counterparts. But bisexual people’s relationships are tended to be more complicated. Francisco Perales and Janeen Baxter from the University of Queensland conducted the study. They said that the homosexual relationships in the UK are on the same level with heterosexual ones and in Australia even higher.The researchers suggested that gay and lesbian couples might have better relationships because they are less concerned about sticking to stereotypical gender roles. Straight couples often reaffirm their gender roles in relationships and the division of labor is often unfair. “Unequal household burdens are associated with poor relationship outcomes, including marital conflict and divorce,” they explained. The two added that same-sex couples might feel more connected to a community of similar couples, which may increase their happiness. They also suggested that “individuals in same-sex relationships may be more likely than those in different-sex relationships to have high relationship investment.”

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