After years of intense debate, same-sex marriage has become a legal reality in many countries around the globe. As same-sex marriage laws spread, Queer Families and Relationships After Marriage Equality asks: What will queer families and relationships look like on the ground?

Building on a major conference held in 2016 entitled "After Marriage: The Future of LGBTQ Politics and Scholarship," this collection draws from critical and intersectional perspectives to explore this question. Comprising academic papers, edited transcripts of conference panels, and interviews with activists working on the ground, this collection presents some of the first works of empirical scholarship and first-hand observation to assess the realities of queer families and relationships after same-sex marriage. Including a number of chapters focused on married same-sex couples as well as several on other queer family types, the volume considers the following key questions: What are the material impacts of marriage for same-sex couples? Is the spread of same-sex marriage pushing LGBTQ people toward more "normalized" types of relationships that resemble heterosexual marriage? And finally, how is the spread of same-sex marriage shaping other queer relationships that do not fit the marriage model?

By presenting scholarly research and activist observations on these questions, this volume helps translate queer critiques advanced during the marriage debates into a framework for ongoing critical research in the after-marriage period.

chapter |13 pages


For better or for worse? Relational landscapes in the time of same-sex marriage 1
ByMichael W. Yarbrough

part I|42 pages

The material impacts of same-sex marriage

chapter 1|14 pages

Living lesbian relationships in Madrid

Queering life and families in times of straight living fossils 1
ByLuciana Moreira

chapter 2|15 pages

For the richer, not the poorer

Marriage equality, financial security, and the promise of queer economic justice 1
ByLiz Montegary

chapter 3|11 pages

“What makes our conflicts queer?”

An interview with Rachel Epstein
ByRachel Epstein, Michael W. Yarbrough

part II|51 pages

Is marriage normalizing LGBTQ relationships?

chapter 4|14 pages

From public debate to private decision

The normalization of marriage among critical LGBQ people
ByAbigail Ocobock

chapter 6|13 pages

Simultaneous assimilation and innovation in the construction of queer families

Married same-sex couples in Cape Town, South Africa
ByLwando Scott

chapter 7|15 pages

From homonormativity to polynormativity

Representing consensual non-monogamy
ByLital Pascar

part III|85 pages

The present and future of relational diversity

chapter 8|16 pages

The Beyond Same-Sex Marriage statement ten years later 1

ByFeaturing Terry Boggis, Debanuj DasGupta, Joseph Nicholas DeFilippis, Lisa Duggan, Amber L. Hollibaugh, Nancy Polikoff, Ignacio G. Rivera

chapter 9|9 pages

Making connections

An interview with Ignacio G. Rivera
ByIgnacio G. Rivera, Michael W. Yarbrough

chapter 10|14 pages

Beyond the sex–love–marriage alignment

Xinghun among queer people in mainland China 1
ByShuzhen Huang

chapter 11|18 pages

“Zoning is a way of sorting people”

An interview with the Scarborough Family
ByMichael W. Yarbrough

chapter 12|14 pages

Queer street families

Place-making and community among LGBT youth of color in iconic gay neighborhoods
ByTheodore Greene

chapter 13|12 pages

Future fronts in the fight for family diversity

A panel discussion 1
ByFeaturing Martha M. Ertman, Andy Izenson, Ricci Levy, James Lopata, Hugh Ryan, Sarah Wright