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Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation$
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Charlotte J. Patterson and Anthony R. D'Augelli

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199765218

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765218.001.0001

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Same-Sex Romantic Relationships

Same-Sex Romantic Relationships

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(p.165) 12 Same-Sex Romantic Relationships
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Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation
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Adam W. Fingerhut

Letitia Anne Peplau

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765218.003.0012

Researchers studying same-sex couples have become part of the ongoing public conversation about marriage equality. Two broad research topics have been center stage. First, policy makers and attorneys have turned to social science research to answer basic questions about the lives of lesbians and gay men. In particular, are the relationships of same-sex couples fundamentally similar to those of heterosexual men and women and are same-sex relationships influenced by the same dynamic processes as heterosexual couples? Second, what is the social and psychological impact of legalizing same-sex relationships and of the divisive public debates on this topic? This chapter reviews empirical research addressing these two broad topics.

Keywords:   homosexuality, same-sex couples, lesbians, gays, marriage equality

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