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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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The Pace of Change

The Pace of Change

Are We Moving Too Fast?

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When Gay People Get Married

M. V. Lee Badgett

NYU Press

This chapter examines the possibility of a political link between changes in marriage behavior and beliefs and openness to same-sex couples' demand for recognition. In particular, it considers the key factors that predicted changes in laws for the pioneering European countries that recognized same-sex marriage in the 1990s and in a second wave of change since 2000. It also discusses differences between Europe and the United States in the pace and progress of granting legal status to gay couples. After assessing how and why change occurred in Europe with respect to gay marriage, the chapter explores why some countries give legal rights to same-sex couples while others do not. It suggests that changes in marriage law related to same-sex couples in the United States look very similar to changes in European countries.

Keywords:   same-sex couples, Europe, same-sex marriage, United States, gay couples, gay marriage, legal rights, marriage law

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