Individuals, Couples, and Social Networks
Chapter Two. Legally Recognized Same-sex Marriage as a New Relational Context
On June 6, 2013, the PEW Research Center for the People and the Press released new data about American attitudes toward legally recognized same-sex marriage (PEW Research Center, 2013). The poll revealed that the number of Americans who support same-sex marriage reached beyond 50% for the first time since PEW began polling about the issue in 2003 (PEW Reseach Center, 2013). According to PEW’s (2013) study, 72% of Americans surveyed believed that legal recognition of same-sex marriage was inevitable. 72% is a large percentage, especially when you consider that PEW’s poll in 2004 indicated that only 59% of Americans surveyed believed that legal recognition of same-sex marriage was inevitable. These poll results are indicative of a shift in American culture when it comes to same-sex marriage. The poll shows how rapidly public opinion about the place of same-sex marriage in American life has changed from 2004 when Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex couples to legally wed to nearly a decade later when same-sex couples could wed in 13 states and D.C. While public opinion polls like those produced by PEW can show us a picture of large opinion shifts and trends, they cannot tell us much about how GLBT people, same-sex couples, and their social networks are affected by them. This chapter explores how legally recognized same-sex marriage forms a new relational context for GLBT people, same-sex couples, and their social networks and how that context affects their perceptions and relationships.
To better understand experiences...
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.
Do you have any questions? Contact us.Or login to access all content.