A new study conducted by PriceWaterHouseCoopers and the Families and Work Institute finds that gay couples in domestic partnerships communicate more and share a more equal amount of household tasks than heterosexual pairs.
According to the 225 gay and straight dual-income couples surveyed, same-sex couples tend to communicate better, share chore duties and more fairly and assign tasks based on personal preference rather than gender, income, hours worked or power position in the relationship.
Straight couples, the study found, tend to talk less and fall into more traditional gender roles, what one family describes as “pink chores” (dishes, laundry) and “blue chores” (yard work, auto work).
The survey also found that 74% of gay couple share a completely even level of child raising, versus 38% of the hetero contingent.
“Perhaps because they can’t default to gender, people in same-sex couples are in more of a position to have these conversations,” said Ken Matos, FWI senior director of research and author of the study. “That’s probably the biggest takeaway of the survey: How important it is to talk and say what you want, rather than stay silent, not wanting to start a fight, making assumptions, and then letting things fester.”
Hey, Family Research Council… you okay?
h/t: Washington Post