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Same Sex Couples Tend To Get Along Better

Updated: Sep 4, 2019

Esther Rothblum, a professor of Women's Studies at San Diego State University, coauthored a fascinating study completed in January, 2008. She found:

  • Same sex partners are generally happier than their straight siblings who married.

  • Gay couples take larger risks to live openly, thus they must work harder to stay together. By working harder to stay together, they end up creating happier relationships.

  • Same sex couples automatically experience a greater sense of compatibility, possibly due to the fact that less "translation" is needed between the sexes. (Basically, when your partner is of the same sex as you, he/she is already at a communication advantage, as compared to heterosexual couples.)

  • Same sex couples are:

  • more honest with each other about monogamy and sex

  • more mature, considerate, and fair to each other

  • more funny and affectionate when they argue

  • less controlling

  • take things less personally

What do you think? Do you agree with these findings in your relationship?

San Francisco local researcher Robert-Jay Green, PhD, in the Journal of Homosexuality, reported the same thing, but with a unique slant: There's a growing body of research that shows that the partner who makes more money has more power in the relationship. But, same sex couples tend to have similar incomes, so there's less need to struggle over power.

Gay Couples Institute Research Team