Dutch same-sex couples less likely to marry

28th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Just 20 percent of Dutch homosexual couples are married, compared with 80 percent of heterosexual couples - this is according to new figures published by Statistics Netherlands as the country marks ten years of officially sanctioned same-sex marriage.

Since 1 April 2001, when the Netherlands became the first country to legalise same-sex marriage, some 15,000 gay and lesbian couples have tied the knot.

That is two percent of all marriages celebrated in Holland, and just 20 percent of the 55,000 same-sex couples the country numbers.

Of the country’s 4.1 million heterosexual couples, some 80 percent are married.

Divorce among same-sex couples accounts for one percent of all divorces.

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