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States with gay-marriage bans are seeing higher divorce rates


It's common to hear that gay marriage threatens traditional marriage. But Nate Silver runs the numbers and finds just the opposite. Since 2003, states that haven't banned gay marriage have seen an 8 percent drop in divorce rates. States that have passed gay-marriage bans, by contrast, have seen their divorce rates edge upwards. Does this prove causation? No. Does it prove that opponents of gay marriage rely on some ridiculous arguments? Yes.

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By Ezra Klein  |  January 12, 2010; 1:40 PM ET
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Reading the liveblogs of the Prop 8 trial it feels like I'm watching the Scopes Monkey Trial play out in 2010. I can't believe serious people disagree about this.

Posted by: bmull | January 12, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

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