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Experiencing Same-Sex Marriage

Lannutti, Pamela J.

Experiencing Same-Sex Marriage

Individuals, Couples, and Social Networks

Year of Publication: 2014

New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2014. 130 pp.
ISBN 978-1-4331-2102-9 hb.  (Hardcover)

Weight: 0.330 kg, 0.728 lbs

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Book synopsis

This book provides an understanding of how the legal and cultural debates and advances and limitations on same-sex marriage are experienced by gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) people, same-sex couples, and their social networks. Using data collected from hundreds of GLBT people, same-sex couples, and their social networks over the past decade, the book examines the following topics: same-sex marriages’ impact on how GLBT individuals view their relationships and community; same-sex couples’ decision making regarding whether to marry or not; the interactions between same-sex couples and members of their families-of-origin regarding same-sex marriage; the same-sex marriage experiences of understudied members of the GLBT community; and the interactions between same-sex couples and members of their social networks in locations with restrictions against legally recognized same-sex marriage. These findings are examined through the lens of the social scientific study of relationships. They are based on a communication studies perspective on personal relationships, and therefore emphasize communication concepts and theories relevant to the understanding of same-sex marriage experiences.


Contents: Legally Recognized Same-sex Marriage as a New Relational Context – Should We Get Hitched? Same-sex Couples Deciding to Marry or Not – Same-sex Marriage, Couples, and Families – Same-sex Marriage Experiences of Understudied Members of the GLBT Community – When Banns Are Banned: Experiences of Same-sex Marriage Prohibitions.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Pamela J. Lannutti (PhD, University of Georgia) is Associate Professor and Graduate Director in the Department of Communication at La Salle University. Her work has been published in academic journals including Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Journal of Homosexuality, Qualitative Health Research, and Human Communication Research.