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‘A question of equality and choice’: same-sex couples’ attitudes toward civil partnership after the introduction of same-sex marriage

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posted on 04.05.2017, 14:45 by Adam Jowett, Elizabeth PeelElizabeth Peel
Since the introduction of same-sex marriage, there have been two parallel institutions (marriage and civil partnership) for the legal recognition of same-sex relationships in England, Wales and Scotland. The current study aimed to examine how those in a civil partnership or a same-sex marriage perceive civil partnership in the context of marriage equality. Eighty-two respondents completed a qualitative online survey, and their responses were analysed thematically. The respondents were divided between those who viewed civil partnership as: 1) a stepping stone to equality, and felt that civil partnerships should be discontinued; 2) a form of legal recognition free from cultural baggage, and argued the Government should make civil partnership available for all; or 3) those who displayed ambivalence and conflicting views. We conclude by discussing how the principle of formal equality underpinned opinions on all sides, and what implications this might have for how we understand discrimination.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

Psychology and Sexuality

Citation

JOWETT, A. and PEEL, E., 2017. ‘A question of equality and choice’: same-sex couples’ attitudes toward civil partnership after the introduction of same-sex marriage. Psychology and Sexuality, 8 (1-2), pp. 69-80.

Publisher

© Taylor & Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

11/04/2017

Publication date

2017-04-16

Notes

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Psychology and Sexuality on 16 Apr 2017, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19419899.2017.1319408

ISSN

1941-9899

eISSN

1941-9902

Language

en