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Maybe “I Do,” Maybe I Don't: Respectability Politics in the Same‐Sex Marriage Ruling

Maybe “I Do,” Maybe I Don't: Respectability Politics in the Same‐Sex Marriage Ruling 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. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Analyses of Social Issues & Public Policy Wiley

Maybe “I Do,” Maybe I Don't: Respectability Politics in the Same‐Sex Marriage Ruling

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
© 2015 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
ISSN
1529-7489
eISSN
1530-2415
DOI
10.1111/asap.12085
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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.

Journal

Analyses of Social Issues & Public PolicyWiley

Published: Dec 1, 2015

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