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Registered Domestic Partnerships Among Gay Men and Lesbians: The Role of Economic Factors
Review of Economics of the Household (2008)
  • Lee Badgett, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Abstract
In this paper, we predict the demand for a marriage-like status—registered domestic partnership–among same-sex couples. Domestic partnership in the state of California now comes with almost all of the rights and responsibilities of marriage that a state can provide. We use the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Tobacco Use Survey conducted by the California Department of Health and the Field Research Corporation in 2003. From this telephone survey, we use a probability sample of 1,002 lesbian and gay individuals in California. Using multinomial probit models of partnership status (single, not cohabiting, cohabiting, or registered), we find limited evidence of economic motivations in the choice to register. Gay men’s likelihood of registration rises with income; lesbians’ probability of registration rises with age. Couples with longer duration are more likely to register, suggesting that registration and duration are complementary signals of commitment and possibly of the need for rights and benefits of registration.
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Publication Date
December, 2008
Citation Information
Lee Badgett. "Registered Domestic Partnerships Among Gay Men and Lesbians: The Role of Economic Factors" Review of Economics of the Household (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/lee_badgett/4/