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Reshaping relational scripts? Marriage and civil partnership proposals among same-gender couples

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posted on 12.08.2019, 14:20 by Adam Jowett, Elizabeth Peel
The traditional marriage initiation script entails male partners ‘proposing’ to female partners. However, little is known about how same-gender couples initiate a marriage or civil partnership. Drawing on qualitative survey data from 82 people in a UK civil partnership or same-gender marriage we identify two marriage initiation themes which foreground the reshaping of script norms for marriage proposals. The first theme, “queer proposals” entails an adaptation of the conventional script. The second theme “jointly negotiated initiations”, foregrounds a fundamental departure from heteronormative scripts for initiating the legal formalisation of a relationship. It is argued that the non-normative status of such partnerships not only allow for alternative scripts to socially emerge, but offer a reconceptualization of a cultural script grounded in heteronormative relationship practices. The study therefore makes an important contribution to our understanding of same-gender relationship practices and has significant implications for sexual script theory.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

Psychology and Sexuality

Volume

10

Issue

4

Pages

325 - 337

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Psychology and Sexuality on 13 August 2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/19419899.2019.1645726.

Acceptance date

13/07/2019

Publication date

2019-08-13

Copyright date

2019

ISSN

1941-9899

eISSN

1941-9902

Language

en

Depositor

Prof Elizabeth Peel

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