A new study has suggested that gay couples are happier overall than their straight counterparts.
New research, which questioned over 40,000 people in the UK and Australia, found that gay and lesbian couples are, on average, more content than straight couples.
The study, conducted by Janeen Baxter and Francisco Perales at the University of Queensland, concluded that this was down to the fact same-sex couples have “stronger bonds” because they don’t try and stick to gender role norms.
“Relationship quality in same-sex couples was as high as in heterosexual couples in the United Kingdom,” claimed the researchers, “and higher in Australia.”
“The lowest relationship quality in both countries was reported by bisexual individuals.”
“Individuals in same-sex couples (particularly lesbian women) generally are more equitable in the ways in which they allocate domestic work, including childcare.
“If gender display is not as salient in same-sex couples and these relationships are more egalitarian than heterosexual couples, higher levels of relationship quality might be expected.”
Researchers went on to insist that the results put to bed the myth created by anti-gay pundits that gay couples aren’t suitable to raise children.
“Our results provide robust evidence to combat deep-rooted and erroneous social perceptions of same-sex relationships being conflictual, unhappy, and dysfunctional. Our findings support policies that seek to legalize same-sex marriage and parenting rights.”