Marriage Restriction Amendments and the Same–Sex Marriage Debate. The Social, Psychological, and Policy Implications

  • ID: 2249177
  • Book
  • 200 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Debates and policies surrounding civil marriage for same–sex couples have social and psychological impacts on lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals and their families and communities. The goal of this issue is to advance the sparse literature on these impacts. The result is an international, interdisciplinary, methodologically and theoretically diverse collection of original empirical articles addressing the psychological effects of marriage restriction amendments, effects of civil marriage for same–sex couples, and effects of anti–gay initiatives on heterosexual allies and intergroup relationships. The findings demonstrate that the denial of civil marriage rights is a public health issue with important implications.
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SECTION I: INTRODUCTION

Same–Sex Marriage: The Social and Psychological Implications of Policy and DebatesAdam W. Fingerhut, Ellen D. B. Riggle, and Sharon Scales Rostosky

SECTION II: THE PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPACTS OF MARRIAGE RESTRICTION AMENDMENTS FOR LGB INDIVIDUALS

California s Ban on Same–Sex Marriage: The Campaign and its Effects on Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual IndividualsNatalya C. Maisel and Adam W. Fingerhut

Examining Communication about Marriage Amendments: Same–Sex Couples and Their Extended Social NetworksPamela J. Lannutti

Similarities and Differences in the Pursuit of Intimacy among Sexual Minority and Heterosexual Individuals: A Personal Projects AnalysisDavid M. Frost

SECTION III: THE IMPACT OF LEGALIZED RELATIONSHIP STATUS FOR SAME–SEX COUPLES

The Longest Legal U.S. Same–Sex Couples Reflect on Their RelationshipsEsther D. Rothblum, Kimberly F. Balsam, and Sondra E. Solomon

Social Inclusion and the Value of Marriage Equality in Massachusetts and the NetherlandsM. V. Lee Badgett

Are Same–Sex Marriages UnAfrican? Same–Sex Relationships and Belonging in Post–Apartheid South AfricaMikki van Zyl

SECTION IV: MARRIAGE RESTRICTION AMENDMENTS AND THEIR IMPACT ON HETEROSEXUAL ALLIES AND INTERGROUP RELATIONSHIPS

Impact of Marriage Restriction Amendments on Family Members of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Individuals: A Mixed–Method ApproachSharon G. Horne, Sharon Scales Rostosky, and Ellen D. B. Riggle

Motives of Heterosexual Allies in Collective Action for EqualityGlenda M. Russell

Comparing Sexual and Ethnic Minority Perspectives on Same–Sex MarriageNegin Ghavami and Kerri L. Johnson

SECTION V: COMMENTARY

Anti–Equality Marriage Amendments and Sexual StigmaGregory M. Herek

SECTION VI: 2009 KURT LEWIN AWARD

2009 Kurt Lewin Award recipient: Beatrice WrightKay Deaux, Henry McCarthy, and Sheryl Lee Wurl

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Dr. Adam Fingerhut is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Loyola Marymount University. He earned his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from UCLA in 2007. His research addresses two broad questions: 1) How are minority group members affected by their minority identity and social status?; and 2) What factors affect how majority group members perceive and interact with individuals from minority social groups?

Dr. Ellen Riggle is Professor in the Departments of  Gender and Women′s Studies and Political Science at the University of Kentucky. She earned her Ph.D. (1990) in Political Science from the University of Illinois (Champaign–Urbana). Her current research focuses on the impact of legal status issues on same–sex couples and LGBT individuals and she is co–founder (with Sharon Rostosky) of PrismResearch.org.

Dr. Sharon Scales Rostosky is Professor in the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology at the University of Kentucky and a Licensed Psychologist in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Tennessee in 1998. Her research program focuses on the health and well–being of GLBT individuals, same–sex couples and their families.

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