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State Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships and Preparations for End of Life Among Lesbian and Gay Boomers
Sexuality Research & Social Policy (2009)
  • Brian deVries, San Francisco State University
  • Anne Mason, San Francisco State University
  • Jean Quam, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
  • Kimberly D Acquaviva, The George Washington University
Abstract

The authors compared 793 nonheterosexual baby boomers on their relationship status (single or in a civil union) and the state in which they lived (did or did not recognize same-sex civil unions). Analyses revealed patterns attributable to participants’ relationship status, state recognition, and the combination of these variables. Findings showed that state recognition of same-sex unions has an impact not only on nonheterosexual individuals’ current quality of life but also on their future plans and emotional responses to those plans. A lack of legal recognition requires nonheterosexuals to take greater action to ensure that their end-of-life wishes will be carried out, and may lead to their having increased fears about late life.

Keywords
  • same-sex marriage,
  • gay,
  • lesbian,
  • end of life,
  • advance directive
Publication Date
March, 2009
Citation Information
Brian deVries, Anne Mason, Jean Quam and Kimberly D Acquaviva. "State Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships and Preparations for End of Life Among Lesbian and Gay Boomers" Sexuality Research & Social Policy Vol. 6 Iss. 6 (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kimberlyacquaviva/1/