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Gay Couples Are Happier, But Less Affectionate, In Relationships Than Heterosexuals, British Study Finds

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Great news for same-sex couples: they are much more likely to be happier and more positive about their relationships than their heterosexual counterparts, according to a new British study.

The new survey, which polled about 5,000 people and was published by the Open University and funded by the UK's Economic and Social Research Council, was aimed at finding out how modern couples maintain their relationships despite challenges, according to The Independent.

However, intimate relationships weren't all smooth-sailing for the same-sex couples surveyed. The study also found that same-sex couples were less likely to offer public displays of affection because they feared disapproval, according to the report.

Meanwhile, it also found that childless couples (both heterosexual and LGBT) have happier marriages overall.

The Independent cites one gay source, identified only as 26-year-old Joe, who agreed with the study's overall findings when it came to same-sex couples.

“Although I’ve never received physical or face-to-face abuse, I am very aware of stares and raised eyebrows when holding my partner’s hand," Joe is quoted as saying. "We spent a year saying our goodbyes at home in the morning rather than on the Tube, despite us both traveling in together, out of fear of potential disapproving looks or abuse ... I don’t think we’ll ever feel 100 per cent comfortable in public as a couple.”

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