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ERIC Number: EJ954636
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0192-513X
Will Marriage Matter? Effects of Marriage Anticipated by Same-Sex Couples
Shulman, Julie L.; Gotta, Gabrielle; Green, Robert-Jay
Journal of Family Issues, v33 n2 p158-181 Feb 2012
The current study used an online survey to explore the anticipated impact of legalized marriage on partners in same-sex couples living in California. These data were gathered prior to the California Supreme Court decision in May 2008 legalizing same-sex marriage, which held sway for 5 months before California Proposition 8 eliminating same-sex marriage was passed by a voter referendum. In addition to administering three quantitative measures (Gay and Lesbian Acceptance & Social Support Index, Anticipated Impact of Marriage Scale, and The Couple Satisfaction Index), a qualitative approach to inquiry was used to derive themes in the reported experiences of the study participants. The principal theme emerging from participants' responses involved a ubiquitous sense of security in all areas of their life, including increased permanence in their couple relationship as well as feeling protected as a unit by the larger society. (Contains 1 note and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California