Sexuality Research & Social Policy

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 90–101 | Cite as

State recognition of same-sex relationships and preparations for end of life among lesbian and gay boomers

  • Brian de Vries
  • Anne M. Mason
  • Jean Quam
  • Kimberly Acquaviva
Same-Sex Marriage Supplement


The authors compared 793 nonheterosexual baby boomers on their relationship status (single or in a civil union) and the state in which they lived (did or did not recognize same-sex civil unions). Analyses revealed patterns attributable to participants’ relationship status, state recognition, and the combination of these variables. Findings showed that state recognition of same-sex unions has an impact not only on nonheterosexual individuals’ current quality of life but also on their future plans and emotional responses to those plans. A lack of legal recognition requires nonheterosexuals to take greater action to ensure that their end-of-life wishes will be carried out, and may lead to their having increased fears about late life.

Key words

civil union baby boomers nonheterosexual legal recognition end-of-life issues 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian de Vries
    • 1
  • Anne M. Mason
    • 2
  • Jean Quam
    • 3
  • Kimberly Acquaviva
    • 4
  1. 1.Gerontology ProgramSan Francisco State UniversitySan Francisco
  2. 2.Public Research InstituteSan Francisco State UniversitySan Francisco
  3. 3.School of Social Work, College of Education and Human DevelopmentUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolis
  4. 4.Department of Nursing EducationThe George Washington UniversityWashington, DC

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