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When Gay People Get MarriedWhat Happens When Societies Legalize Same-Sex Marriage$
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M. V. Lee Badgett

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814791141

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814791141.001.0001

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A Different Perspective

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When Gay People Get Married

M. V. Lee Badgett

NYU Press

This book explores the public debate over same-sex marriage in the United States that reignited in 2008 in the wake of state supreme court decisions in California and Connecticut to allow gay couples to marry. Drawing on the actual experiences of gay people in the Netherlands and other European countries, it examines issues surrounding the meaning of marriage as an idea and of marrying as a choice. It also considers both the decisions made by couples and how marriage or registered partnerships of same-sex couples might alter the cultural understanding of marriage as well as the meaning of being gay or lesbian. Finally, it discusses the positive gains that same-sex couples derive from marriage, particularly due to their full inclusion in social and legal institutions.

Keywords:   same-sex marriage, United States, gay couples, gay people, Netherlands, Europe, marriage, same-sex couples

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