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When Gay People Get Married: What Happens When Societies Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

M. V. Lee Badgett


The summer of 2008 was the summer of love and commitment for gays and lesbians in the United States. Thousands of same-sex couples stood in line for wedding licenses all over California in the first few days after same-sex marriage was legalized. On the other side of the country, Massachusetts, the very first state to give gay couples marriage rights, took the last step to full equality by allowing same-sex couples from other states to marry there as well. This was the hallmark of true equality for some, yet others questioned whether the very bedrock of society was crumbling. To discover the i ... More

Keywords: same-sex couples, California, same-sex marriage, Massachusetts, gay couples, marriage rights, equality, Netherlands, gays, lesbians

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780814791141
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814791141.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

M. V. Lee Badgett, author