Table 1 Table 1: Demographic Information of Sample. An illustration of individual ambivalence about marriage comes from Mark 44 years of age, 16 years in relationship discussing his wedding:. Dyadic data provides an opportunity to examine similarities and differences in marital experiences within and amongst couples.
As for relationship duration, the average number of years cohabiting was
Research Areas U. Merrill, its affiliates, and financial advisors do not provide legal, tax, or accounting advice. Supreme Court steps into the picture, state courts are likely to be the primary legal venues on this issue. The themes are not mutually exclusive; we draw on overlap in positive and negative experiences of marriage to build our account of ambivalence.
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Below we outline the basic literature on same-sex marriage as positive or negative, including queer critiques of marriage. Third, we explore ambivalence at the level of the relationship, not just as an individual experience. For coding, the authors follow Charmaz to develop analytic categories inductively, search for variation, with the goal of contributing to theory construction and increase understanding of the meaning of marriage.
Opponents of same-sex marriage have argued that state recognition of these marriages could intrude on the freedom of clergy and religious communities to decide what kind of marriages to solemnize. This framework negates the symbolic importance of marriage, and emphasizes the pragmatic importance of marriage.
However, a full perspective on marriage should include those who have misgivings about marriage and still marry, a perspective we provide in this article.
Massachusetts was the first state to legalize same-sex unions in the United States in , 11 years prior to federal marriage equality, and thus marriages in Massachusetts provides the first insight into the experiences of marriage for same-sex couples.
The research team recruited couples from the Massachusetts Registry of Vital Statistics by gathering the names, birth dates, addresses, occupations, and dates of marriage for all same-sex couples married in Massachusetts from to and interviewed a subset of these couples based on who responded to the call for research.
Because mid-life lesbian and gay spouses create and foster relationships within a historical context of exclusion from the institution of marriage, the marital experiences of mid-life gay and lesbian individuals may represent a specific cultural moment, rather than the future of same-sex marriage Green, Bosley-Smith, Ohio State University.