Now that same-sex marriage could be legalized in Illinois, opponents of the changes are speaking out about their concerns. They claim that the traditional nuclear family will be threatened and the divorce rate could increase for the state. Those that support same-sex marriages cite recent statistics showing that states which offer same-sex marriages often have lower divorce rates. In fact, public support for same-sex marriages in general is on the rise, according to the Pew Research Center.
In 2004, Massachusetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage. Since then, seven more states have changed their constitutions to allow same-sex couples to wed one another. Several years after same-sex marriage was legalized, Massachusetts had the second lowest divorce rate in the country. Another study shows that the rate at which same-sex couples dissolve their marriages is just slightly lower than couples in heterosexual marriages. All of this information is likely to be taken into consideration as Illinois lawmakers make a final decision about the law.
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