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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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Forsaking All Other Options

Forsaking All Other Options

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When Gay People Get Married

M. V. Lee Badgett

NYU Press

This chapter compares the actual rates of same-sex marriage or registered partnerships across countries to measures of the practical and cultural value of marriage to see whether low rates are a reflection of disrespect or lack of need for marriage. It first considers the relationship between partnership rates and beliefs about marriage as well as the reasons for the low rates of marriage. It then discusses some of the factors that explain why same-sex couples in the United States are more likely to marry than those in the Netherlands. It also examines how gay and heterosexual couples view marriage as compared to its alternatives, noting that the vast majority choose marriage when they have options for legal recognition.

Keywords:   same-sex marriage, registered partnerships, same-sex couples, United States, Netherlands, heterosexual couples

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