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 Part I|92 pages

Deciding to marry

chapter 18Chapter 2|21 pages

Population perspectives on marriage among same-sex couples in the US

Rates and predictors of same-sex unions
ByClaire Kamp Dush, Wendy D. Manning

chapter Chapter 3|18 pages

Same-sex marriage in Canada

An update
ByHilary A. Rose

chapter Chapter 4|16 pages

Marital status among transgender individuals in the US

ByAndrew S. London

chapter Chapter 6|18 pages

LGB people's personal ambitions and political attitudes toward marriage

ByAnna Bailey

part Part II|88 pages

Being married

chapter 110Chapter 7|18 pages

Support for same-sex marriage

Families, friends, communities, and the wedding industry
ByÁine M. Humble

chapter Chapter 8|17 pages

Gender transition and same-sex marriage

A qualitative consideration
ByAndrew S. London, Carrie Elliott, Rebecca Wang, Tre Wentling, Natalee Simpson

chapter Chapter 9|17 pages

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

Communal orientations among married gay men and lesbians
ByAaron Hoy

chapter Chapter 10|16 pages

The influence of marriage and (non)monogamy agreements on relationship quality in LGBT relationships

ByStephen M. Haas, Pamela J. Lannutti

chapter Chapter 11|18 pages

Married lesbians and gay men

How they get along with their in-laws
ByJudith Leitch, Geoffrey Greif

part Part III|74 pages

The effects of marriage and marriage equality

chapter 198Chapter 12|18 pages

Changes in legal knowledge across the transition to marriage equality

ByBrian G. Ogolsky, TeKisha M. Rice, J. Kale Monk, Ramona Faith Oswald

chapter Chapter 13|18 pages

Marriage and political engagement across sexual identities

ByEric Swank

chapter Chapter 14|20 pages

Exploring the Social Security benefit implications of same-sex marriage

ByMichael S. Pollard, Italo Lopez-Garcia

chapter Chapter 15|16 pages

Language use and the social affordances of marriage

An exploration of the experiences of cisgender gay men
ByNikki DiGregorio