This above article was found in the New York Times back in 2010.
It discusses an interesting study amongst gay relationships. San Francisco State University followed 556 male couples for three years. During that time, about 50 percent of the couples admitted to have sex with someone outside the confines of their relationship. This was with approval of their current partners.
What is interesting according to the study is that because the couples consented to this, it actually did not have a negative impact on the relationship, rather it remained a healthy relationship. Here is a quote from this article.
“With straight people, it’s called affairs or cheating,” said Colleen Hoff, the study’s principal investigator, “but with gay people it does not have such negative connotations.
Speaking of straight people, the article continues on and discusses that. They interviewed a couple named Deb and Marius. Deb was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and maintained her virginity until her wedding day at the age of 34. However, during the marriage, the relationship…sputtered was the word they used. They both began liaisons with others. They felt being “open” made their marriage healthy. Read her quote.
“Our relationship got better,” she said. “I slept better at night. My blood pressure went down.”
Deb and Marius are apparently not the only one. The idea of an open marriage is actually becoming more common. This is a more current article on the topic.
As an addition, and not to bore you with stats and links, I found this article in Statistics Brain. This is current infidelity stats as of January 1, 2014.
So, what so you think? Gay or Straight,do you think the idea of an Open Marriage is healthy?