According to the New York Post, a majority of same-sex marriage licences being distributed in New York are being given to lesbian couples.
In fact, in all the states that have sanctioned same-sex nuptials to date, the number of lesbian nuptials greater then that of gay men.
In Connecticut, since 2008, 3,252 lesbian couples have wed compared to that of 2,053 gay male couples.
Stephanie Coontz, who teaches family studies at Evergreen State College, explains: “This is the way men and women have been socialized from the time we’re born.
”’Go out, don’t commit too early’... That’s the message all men receive.”
The Connecticut statistics are similar to other states that have marriage equality. Marital data obtained by The Post show a stark, 3-to-2 ratio of lesbian marriages, compared to all-male unions.
Massachusetts had been the biggest state to embrace this ground-breaking civil right before New York approved it. The Bay State has sanctioned same-sex marriage since 2004 and according to the latest data, women have dominated the rolls there too, by a margin of 8,404 to 4,911.
In New Hampshire since 2010, 1,113 lesbian couples married there, compared with just 411 gay male couples.
In the most recent data from Iowa, 1,376 lesbian have recorded marriages and just 772 couples of gay men have done the same.
In Vermont, gay marriage has been legal since 2009, 1,157 couples of lesbians have said “I do,” compared to just 597 gay male couples.
Even actor Neil Patrick Harris has no intention to run down the aisle any time soon. Just days after same-sex marriage came into law in New York, Harris made it clear that while he and partner David Burtka are engaged, they’re not racing to the altar.
“Dear media: Just because David and I will soon be able to marry in NY, doesn’t mean we are actively planning a wedding. Cart before horse,” the actor tweeted.
These are interesting statistics when you think about it. One must wonder, could it simply be that the age old generalisation is true – that men are always the last to commit?
What are your thoughts?