The Marriage Revolution: The impact of legalized same-sex marriage on non-heterosexual relationships across cultures
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Located within a larger social equality movement, the current global debate over legalizing same-sex marriage has personal implications for non-heterosexuals and their relationships. To understand the impact of legal recognition on individuals' perceptions of self and their relationships, 712 participants across the world were surveyed via the internet about their relationship status, their level of satisfaction, commitment and investment in their current relationship, their feelings towards their sexual orientation, the support they receive from family and friends, and their personal feelings about legalized same-sex marriage. Participants’ responses on each of these variables were compared based on the presence or absence of legalized same-sex marriage legislation in their place of residence. Results showed that location was significant regarding levels of investment in relationships, levels of internalized homophobia, involvement in the LGBT community and feelings of social support.
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