State recognition of same-sex relationships and preparations for end of life among lesbian and gay boomers

Brian de Vries, Anne M. Mason, Jean Quam, Kimberly Acquaviva

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)90-101
Number of pages12
JournalSexuality Research and Social Policy
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 21 2009

Keywords

  • Baby boomers
  • Civil union
  • End-of-life issues
  • Legal recognition
  • Nonheterosexual

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