Maybe "I Do," Maybe I Don't: Respectability Politics in the Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Jes L. Matsick, Terri D. Conley

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Abstract

Frost and Gola (2015) offer empirical evidence that same-sex and different-sex relationship partners are similar in their experiences of intimacy and, as a result, the meaning of marriage will not fundamentally change with the legalization of same-sex marriage. In this commentary, we offer another perspective: given the unique aspects of same-sex relationships, we argue that the meaning of marriage may indeed change as same-sex partners legally wed. We extend Frost and Gola (2015) by considering the limitations of respectability politics when advocating for same-sex relationships and by shedding light on those who may seek to change the meaning of marriage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)409-413
Number of pages5
JournalAnalyses of Social Issues and Public Policy
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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