From The Telegraph
Gay marriage will further destabilise marriage and family life in Britain, a leading sociologist has warned Parliament.
Dr Patricia Morgan told the House of Commons that same-sex marriage reinforced the idea that marriage is irrelevant to parenthood.
This was the principle factor, she said, that has caused the collapse in marriage rates between heterosexuals in countries where gay marriage had been introduced – as well as a sharp rise in cohabitation and the numbers of children born out of wedlock.
She said there was no evidence whatsoever to prove the Coalition Government’s assertions that gay marriage would bolster the institution.
[...] Spain in particular, she said, saw a “precipitous” downward acceleration in the numbers of all marriages by a 15,000 a year in first three years that followed the legalisation of same-sex marriage by the Socialist government in 2005.
The rate of decline later more than doubled to 34,000 fewer marriages a year in between 2008 and 2010.
Dr Morgan also produced evidence to show that heterosexual marriages were less stable in those countries where same-sex marriage had been introduced because they were expected to conform to the values of gay couples whose unions were often open, rather than exclusive, and far more likely to break down.
Cohabiting gay couples were 12 times more likely to separate that married heterosexual couples, she said.
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