The authors thank the members of the interdisciplinary working group on the psychological effects of anti-gay ballot initiatives: Lee Badgett, Kristin Beals, Kimberly Byrne, Gary Gates, Elizabeth Gruskin, Greg Herek, Kerri Johnson, Nickolas Jones, Natalya Maisel, Anna Muraco, Glenda Russell, Rhonda Schultz, and Aimee Van Wagenen. A special thanks to Elizabeth Gruskin for helping to create the working group and the special issue. We also thank The Bellarmine College at Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Marymount University for helping to fund the working group on which this special issue is based.
Same-Sex Marriage: The Social and Psychological Implications of Policy and Debates
Article first published online: 10 JUN 2011
© 2011 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Journal of Social Issues
Volume 67, Issue 2, pages 225–241, June 2011
How to Cite
Fingerhut, A. W., Riggle, E. D. B. and Rostosky, S. S. (2011), Same-Sex Marriage: The Social and Psychological Implications of Policy and Debates. Journal of Social Issues, 67: 225–241. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-4560.2011.01695.x
- Issue published online: 10 JUN 2011
- Article first published online: 10 JUN 2011
The political debates and policies related to the civil marriage rights of same-sex couples have psychological and social impacts on lesbian, gay, bisexual individuals and same-sex couples and also on their families, friends, and communities. The overarching goal of this issue was to significantly advance the previous sparse literature on these impacts. The result is an international, interdisciplinary, methodologically, and theoretically diverse collection of original empirical research articles that collectively address three broad questions: (1) What are the social and psychological effects of marriage amendment campaigns and policies? (2) How does civil marriage compare to other statuses for same-sex couples or marriage in other countries? (3) How do anti-gay initiatives affect heterosexual allies and intergroup relationships? Across the diverse approaches and populations that comprise this volume, findings converge in demonstrating that the denial of civil marriage rights is a significant public health issue with important policy implications.