Award Date

5-2009

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology

Department

Sociology

First Committee Member

Andrea Fontana, Chair

Second Committee Member

Norval D. Glenn

Third Committee Member

Ronald W. Smith

Fourth Committee Member

Michael Ian Borer

Graduate Faculty Representative

Christopher Heavey

Number of Pages

232

Abstract

Marriage equality remains a legal impossibility for same-sex couples in most states, and opponents are concerned that expansion of marriage to include gays and lesbians would radically redefine the institution. Findings from an online survey of lesbians, gays and bisexuals— a non-random sample of 466 adult men and women age 18 to 74 in 37 states— strongly suggest that many non-heterosexuals' attitudes reflect neither a radical departure from core definitions of marriage, nor a rejection of traditional "family values," but instead signal an assimilationist position favorable to traditional marriage norms rather than a liberationist position critical of the institution.

Keywords

Marriage; Marriage—Attitudes; Same-sex marriage

Disciplines

Community-Based Research | Gender and Sexuality | Philosophy | Sociology

Language

English

Comments

Signatures have been redacted for privacy and security measures.

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