Associates in Behavioral Health, Seattle, Washington, and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, 818 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122.
Same-Sex Relationships and Dissolution: The Connection Between Heteronormativity and Homonormativity
Article first published online: 2 NOV 2011
© 2011 by the National Council on Family Relations
Special Issue: RELATIONSHIP DISSOLUTION WITHIN A CONTEMPORARY CONTEXT: IMPLICATIONS FOR EDUCATION, PRACTICE AND POLICY
Volume 60, Issue 5, pages 562–571, December 2011
How to Cite
Van Eeden-Moorefield, B., Martell, C. R., Williams, M. and Preston, M. (2011), Same-Sex Relationships and Dissolution: The Connection Between Heteronormativity and Homonormativity. Family Relations, 60: 562–571. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3729.2011.00669.x
School of Social Work, University of Washington, 915 North 77th St., Seattle, WA 98103.
Human Development and Family Studies, University of Missouri, 314 Gentry Hall, Columbia, MO 65211.
- Issue published online: 2 NOV 2011
- Article first published online: 2 NOV 2011
- feminist theory;
- queer theory;
- same-sex couples
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.