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Same-sex couples face many of the same issues as heterosexuals

Same-sex couples sometimes have to deal with social stigmas associated with their relationship status. Even though some people claim that same-sex marriages and relationships are somehow inferior to opposite-sex ones, that isn't anywhere close to the truth. Learning some facts about same-sex marriages and relationships might help to dispel some of the stigmas.

Same-sex couples can have relationships that are just as meaningful and just as stable than heterosexual couples. Researchers found that many people in same-sex relationships have been committed to their partner for 10 years or longer.

Same-sex couples have relationships that largely mimic those of opposite-sex couples. They are likely to enjoy the same ups and experience the same downs as heterosexual couples.

When it comes to marriage, same-sex couples are likely to experience significant benefits over what is present if they are merely cohabitants. Marriage in same-sex couples can lead to improved health, both mentally and physically. The legal protections of marriage are also beneficial to these couples.

Same-sex couples who want children don't have to worry about that. Studies have found that children of same-sex couples are just as well adjusted as children of heterosexual couples. Typically, children of same-sex couples perform comparably to children of opposite-sex couples in school.

There are many legal battles that same-sex couples might face. This can include divorce, child custody issues and other battles that are similar to those of opposite-sex couples. If you are facing any legal issues, learning about the law as it pertains to your case can help you to formulate a plan to handle the situation in an appropriate manner.

Source: American Psychological Association, "Answers to Your Questions About Same-Sex Marriage," accessed Sep. 29, 2016

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