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ERIC Number: EJ777451
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 2
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0003-066X
Marriage and the Civilizing of Male Sexual Nature
Rosik, Christopher H.; Byrd, A. Dean
American Psychologist, v62 n7 p711-712 Oct 2007
Comments on the article by G. M. Herek, "Legal recognition of same-sex relationships in the United States." There are many arguable contentions Herek made in his defense of same-sex marriage. We have chosen to focus on only one in this commentary: What is the active ingredient in marriage that serves the socially advantageous goal of civilizing male sexual nature? Our contention is that the primary civilizing agent is not marriage, the institution, but rather the gender complementarity that marriage has traditionally afforded. Contrary to this view, Herek appears to contend in a somewhat less than certain fashion that access to legal marriage will translate into greater rates of sexual fidelity among gay men.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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