Title

“I Would Like Us to Share a Name so That We Can Be Recognized in Society.” Marital Surname Preferences in Same-Sex Relationships

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-13-2019

Publication Title

Journal of Homosexuality

First page number:

1

Last page number:

21

Abstract

Despite the recent expansion of marriage rights within the U.S., relatively little is known about marriage-related practices among people in same-sex relationships. The current study extends prior research by investigating marital surname preferences in a large, sociodemographically diverse sample of U.S. adults in same-sex relationships. Participants (N = 179) described their surname preferences in an open-ended format. Thematic analysis revealed that many participants were open to making some type of marital surname change. When explaining their surname preferences, participants often cited their desire to unite the whole family under the same surname. Importantly, however, quantitative analyses illustrated that surname preferences significantly varied according to sociodemographic background characteristics such as age. Collectively, findings suggest a possible generational shift in surname preferences among individuals in same-sex relationships.

Keywords

Naming practices; Same-sex relationships; Thematic analysis; Romantic relationships,; Tradition; Gay; Lesbian

Disciplines

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Social Psychology

Language

English

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