Same-sex relationships and dissolution

The connection between heteronormativity and homonormativity

Bradley van Eeden-Moorefield, Christopher R. Martell, Mark Williams, Marilyn Preston

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Abstract

A queer feminist lens is used to present a selected review of the demographic and descriptive literature related to how same-sex couples in the United States begin and dissolve relationships. We argue that despite research suggesting a uniformity of same-sex coupling that reflects a heteronormative nuclear family, there is actually great diversity in same-sex relationships. As legal recognition of same-sex couples increases from state to state, however, the dissolution of same-sex relationships has become as challenging as legally establishing them. This review explores several current cases representing the difficulties experienced by couples who marry or have a civil union in states requiring residency prior to dissolution and try to dissolve a relationship when they reside in a state that does not recognize same-sex unions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)562-571
Number of pages10
JournalFamily Relations
Volume60
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2011

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Keywords

  • Dissolution
  • Feminist theory
  • Heteronormativity
  • Policy
  • Queer theory
  • Same-sex couples

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van Eeden-Moorefield, Bradley ; Martell, Christopher R. ; Williams, Mark ; Preston, Marilyn. / Same-sex relationships and dissolution : The connection between heteronormativity and homonormativity. In: Family Relations. 2011 ; Vol. 60, No. 5. pp. 562-571.
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In: Family Relations, Vol. 60, No. 5, 01.12.2011, p. 562-571.

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