Request a Quote Call Support Center Support Center. Journal of Marriage and Family. Exploring the meanings of same-sex marriage within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community. Throughout our analysis, we work from a life course perspective to consider how sociohistorical context and life stage timing shape commitment transitions and trajectories for long-term same-sex couples.
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Wedding Ceremonies and Readings
Link to the covenant Besides the ketubah, the use of other traditional symbols and gestures and words help locate this ceremony in the Jewish tradition. Similarly, Brett age 49partnered for 23 years, reiterates this point when discussing his marriage ceremony in Canada in 22 years into his relationship: I say that in the sense that it would be easier in the world. The deinstitutionalization of American marriage. Because such ceremonies were not widely prevalent when many couples began their relationships, they developed alternative and complex forms of commitment that are outside of normative conceptions of commitment making. The recent acceptance and utilization of commitment ceremonies by gays and lesbians is an important historical component of this study.
I have identified seven features which distinguish gay and lesbian ceremonies from traditional wedding rituals, even as they are rooted in the traditional ceremony. Additionally, the present analysis is limited in its focus on same-sex long-term couples, a generally neglected study population. Link to the community The lives of many gay and lesbian people are intimately bound up with those of their extended family and community. However, many Americans cannot legally marry. This will be particularly important if it is the first one of its kind in a particular community, if the couple has had to overcome obstacles or controversy or when the ceremony has a strong retrospective dimension. For gay and lesbian people, who have often had to live in hiding, the public reading of a document affirming their love and commitment is a liberating and joyful moment.