Showcasing research from across the social sciences, this edited volume seeks to provide readers with an empirically grounded sense of how many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people marry in the US and Canada, what their marriages look like, and how LGBT people themselves are impacted by marriage and marriage equality.

Prior to marriage equality, lawmakers and activists across the political spectrum debated whether same-sex couples should have the legal right to marry, and likewise, academic research to date has focused mostly on the politics of same-sex marriage. However, this edited volume focuses on LGBT people themselves and their intimate relationships in the era of marriage equality.

Including both quantitative and qualitative social science research, it features 14 primary chapters that examine a diverse set of topics, including demographic patterns in same-sex marriage and cohabitation, marital aspirations and motivations among LGBT people, arrangements and dynamics within same-sex relationships, and the legal benefits and informal privileges associated with marriage. The edited volume will be of interest to scholars across a wide range of disciplines, including sociology, psychology, child and family studies, communications, social work, and economics, while also offering valuable information for laypeople generally interested in families and/or LGBT studies.

part I|92 pages

Deciding to marry

part II|88 pages

Being married

chapter 110Chapter 7|18 pages

Support for same-sex marriage

Families, friends, communities, and the wedding industry

chapter Chapter 8|17 pages

Gender transition and same-sex marriage

A qualitative consideration

chapter Chapter 9|17 pages

“It feels like we're together as a team”

Communal orientations among married gay men and lesbians

chapter Chapter 11|18 pages

Married lesbians and gay men

How they get along with their in-laws

part III|74 pages

The effects of marriage and marriage equality