Will Providing Marriage Rights to Same-Sex Couples Undermine Heterosexual Marriage?

M.V. Lee Badgett, Ph.D.
July 2004
Do heterosexual people change their marriage behavior if same-sex couples were given the same marital rights and obligations? The report finds that overall, there is no evidence that giving partnership rights to same-sex couples had any impact on heterosexual marriage in Scandinavian countries and the Netherlands. [Link]