Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Gay Male Couples

  • Kyle SchultzEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_499


Domestic partnerships; Gay civil union; Gay couples; Gay marriage; Gay partners; Same-sex couples


Research helping us to understand gay male couples has surged since the 1990s. Much of this change could be attributed to the increasing acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and the recent push for legal recognition of same-sex unions that was realized in 2015. Up until 2015, a select few states allowed same-sex individuals to marry or create civil unions (a legal status affording same-sex couples rights similar to heterosexual marriages). The journey to the right to marriage has been a difficult one for same-sex couples. Oftentimes marriage is considered a symbol of legitimacy for one’s relationship in the eyes of the state and government. When the state and government views reflect those of the groups that see such legal rights as morally reprehensible or unnatural, couples have to combat the stigma that comes along with having a...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Mudita Rastogi
    • 1
  1. 1.Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Argosy UniversitySchaumburgUSA