Trying Marriage On
This chapter examines whether same-sex couples have unorthodox ideas about marriage that might lead to a larger cultural shift. Drawing on the reactions of heterosexual family, friends, and other social institutions to the marriages of Dutch couples, it considers the complex process of cultural adjustment at work in same-sex marriage. To determine whether gay couples will alter marriage in the sense of cultural change, it analyzes the views of heterosexuals who make up and define the larger culture. More specifically, it asks whether heterosexual couples recognize same-sex couples as marriageable and married and compares their perspective with that of same-sex couples. It also discusses some of the factors that Dutch heterosexual and same-sex couples believe make for a successful marriage. The conclusion is that the meaning of marriage has not changed as a result of access for gay couples.
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