Analyst and political blogger Nate Silver of took some time to research the divorce rates of each of the 50 states. At the same time, he researched the status of marriage in each of the states.

He found states with strict anti-gay marriage bans, especially those with constitutional amendments, tended to have far worse divorce rates than those states with legalized same-sex marriage.

Silver writes:

Over the past decade or so, divorce has gradually become more uncommon in the United States. Since 2003, however, the decline in divorce rates has been largely confined to states which have not passed a state constitutional ban on gay marriage. These states saw their divorce rates decrease by an average of 8 percent between 2003 and 2008. States which had passed a same-sex marriage ban as of January 1, 2008, however, saw their divorce rates rise by about 1 percent over the same period.

Head over to Silver’s site for his explanation of the results, his methodology and his chart.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.