6. Same-Sex Families

  1. Judith Treas,
  2. Jacqueline Scott and
  3. Martin Richards
  1. Timothy J. Biblarz,
  2. Megan Carroll and
  3. Nathaniel Burke

Published Online: 21 MAR 2014

DOI: 10.1002/9781118374085.ch6

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Families

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Families

How to Cite

Biblarz, T. J., Carroll, M. and Burke, N. (2014) Same-Sex Families, in The Wiley Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Families (eds J. Treas, J. Scott and M. Richards), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118374085.ch6

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2014
  2. Published Print: 26 MAR 2014

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470673539

Online ISBN: 9781118374085



  • Child development;
  • Family diversity;
  • Gay;
  • Gay aging;
  • Gay fathers;
  • Gay grandparents;
  • Gay youth;
  • Gender;
  • Lesbian;
  • Lesbian mothers


Global trends are toward acceptance and incorporation of same-sex families, and research finds many similarities between same-sex and different-sex coparents and their children. Even so, plenty of areas of difference remain, owed in part to some intractable selection effects. In this chapter, we follow the life course from queer youth to working-age gay parents to gay elders, accenting scholarly gains made by research interested in variability among same-sex families and between same-sex families and other families. We suggest that patterns emerging from same-sex families are important for core questions in family sociology. We also propose that the puzzles being confronted by same-sex families may be on the horizons of all kinds of families.