John on October 30, 2006 at 8:06 pm
That is one surprising conclusion of a new study of 2 million men and women:
The researchers found for each additional year one’s parents stay married, the probability of heterosexual marriage in the children increased by 1.6% among sons and 1.0% among daughters. In contrast, the rate of homosexual unions decreased by 1.8% among sons and 1.4% among daughters for every year of intact parental marriage. Summing these effects over years of childhood and adolescence contributes to a noteworthy impact.
Regarding homosexual marriages, the researchers found that birth place relates to the sexual orientation of marriage partner. Being born in urban settings increased the probability of homosexual marriage and decreased the probability of heterosexual marriage. Frisch and Hviid noted, “our study may be the first to show that birth place or some correlate thereof influences marital choices in adulthood.”
The authors also confirmed previous research suggesting that children who experience parental divorce are less likely to marry heterosexually than children reared in intact families.
The study doesn’t rule out a biological basis for homosexuality (either pre-natal or genetic), however it does rule out the opposite, i.e. that homosexuality is exclusively biological. If that were so, the study would have found no correlations like those mentioned above.
It has long been known that overcrowding increases the likelihood of gay behavior among animals. So the idea that urban life would correlate with increased homosexuality doesn’t surprise me. The data on marriage does surprise me a bit. Those are pretty dramatic figures. If correct that means parents married for 15 years would have sons 27% less likely to be homosexual than children whose parents divorced early.
James Dobson is going to have a field day with this…When you’re right, you’re right.
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