Impacts of Marriage Legalization on the Experiences of Sexual Minority Women in Work and Community Contexts

Angie R. Wootton, Laurie A. Drabble*, Ellen D.B. Riggle, Cindy B. Veldhuis, Caitlin Bitcon, Karen F. Trocki, Tonda L. Hughes

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Abstract

The extension of marriage rights to same-sex couples in the United States provides an opportunity to examine how legalization of same-sex marriage has impacted the experiences of sexual minority women (SMW) in interactions within their extended social networks and local communities. Interviews were conducted with 20 SMW ranging in age from 23 to 75, with varying relationship statuses, and in different regions of the United States. Inductive thematic analysis of responses revealed both positive and negative/neutral impacts in 3 broad thematic areas: workplace dynamics and interpersonal interactions in the workplace, social interactions in extended social networks and local communities, and community climate and queer communities. Findings of the study underscore the importance of evaluating the impact of same-sex marriage legalization in the context of local social and political climates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-234
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of GLBT Family Studies
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 27 2019

Keywords

  • Lesbian, bisexual women
  • marriage equality
  • marriage legalization
  • same-sex marriage
  • same-sex relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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