Same-Sex Relationships and Dissolution: The Connection Between Heteronormativity and Homonormativity
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.
MSU Digital Commons Citation
van Eeden-Moorefield, Bradley; Martell, Christopher R.; Williams, Mark; and Preston, Marilyn, "Same-Sex Relationships and Dissolution: The Connection Between Heteronormativity and Homonormativity" (2011). Department of Family Science and Human Development Scholarship and Creative Works. 144.