Sex Roles (2010) 62:387–388 DOI 10.1007/s11199-009-9737-y BOOK REVIEW When Gay People Get Married: What Happens When Societies Legalize Same-Sex Marriage. By M. V. Lee Badgett, New York University Press, 2009. 287 pp. $35 (hardback). ISBN: 978-0-8147-9114-1. Pamela J. Lannutti Published online: 4 February 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010 Since Massachusetts became the first US State to legally Badgett directly addresses many of the “big” questions recognize same-sex marriage in 2004, debates over same- about same-sex marriage and its implications. Such “big” sex marriage and other forms of legal recognition for same- questions include why same-sex couples want marriage, sex couples have become more prominent and polarizing how marriage affects the lesbian, gay, bisexual and across the US (see, Pinello 2006, for review). These debates transgendered (LGBT) community, how same-sex marriage simultaneously occur on many levels of society and often affects heterosexuals, and how same-sex marriage changes produce contradictory results: in the political realm, the institution of marriage and societies whose function is legislation supporting or limiting civil recognition for founded on marriage. Badgett uses a multi-method ap- same-sex couples have emerged (Human Rights Campaign proach to these questions by combining careful secondary 2009; Pinello 2006); in the personal
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