The numbers are in and gay men win the love race beating out lesbians and heterosexual couples as the longest-lasting relationships out of the three couple types.
To think we’ve been using the saying, “in gay years” all wrong when it comes to short-term gay male relationships. When in actuality gay male relationships outlast both straight and lesbian relationships according to one study done by The Williams Institute at UCLA.
We were astonished when we saw the iHeart Radio article about the new study:
The study followed 500 Vermont couples, including gay, lesbian, and heterosexual relationships, over the course of 12 years from 2002 to 2014, and learned that homosexual men are the least likely to break up among the group. Interestingly enough, lesbian couples were twice as likely to call it quits and one-and-a-half as likely as heterosexual pairs. When it came to looking at all couple types, each year of a relationship length reduced the odds of breaking up by 9%.
“Other studies on heterosexual couples have found that women have higher standards for relationship quality than men,” author Esther Rothblum noted in a press release. “We suspect that similar dynamics may be at play with the lesbian couples in our study, leading to the higher dissolution rate.”
The Williams Institute at UCLA posted key findings in their article:
Female-female couples (29.3%) were twice as likely as male-male couples (14.5%) to terminate their relationship, compared to 18.6% of male-female couples.
For female-female couples,
- Each added year of relationship length reduced the odds of a breakup by 13%;
- Each year of age lowered the likelihood of a breakup by 4%;
- Each year of increase in education reduced the odds by 16%;
- Each unit of increase in relationship quality reduced the likelihood by 82%.
When looking at all couple types together,
- Each year of relationship length reduced the odds of a breakup by 9%.
- Each additional year of age lowered the likelihood of a breakup by 2%.
- Each unit of increase in relationship quality reduced the risk by 61%.
There were no differences in dissolution rates between same-sex couples who had legalized their relationship and those who had not.
For all groups, lower income and whether or not couples had children did not affect the odds of a relationship ending.
There you have it, all along gay men in relationships have withstood the test of time longer than their heterosexual and lesbian counterparts.