Same-sex relationships and dissolution: The connection between heteronormativity and homonormativity

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

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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
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 2011


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


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