Windsor and Perry: Reactions of Siblings in Same-Sex and Heterosexual Couples

Jennifer B. Clark, Ellen D.B. Riggle, Sharon S. Rostosky, Esther D. Rothblum, Kimberly F. Balsam

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

13 Scopus citations

Abstract

The U.S. Supreme Court decisions in U.S. v. Windsor (570 U.S. 307) and Hollingsworth v. Perry (570 U.S. 399) created a focal point for public discussion of marriage equality for same-sex couples. This article reports the results of an exploratory study of the reactions of individuals currently or previously in same-sex couple relationships and a heterosexual sibling who is currently or previously married (N = 371) to the Supreme Court decisions. Thematic content analysis was used to explore participants’ responses to an open-ended question on a survey. Reactions of individuals from same-sex couples revealed the following themes: (1) longitudinal perspectives on the advancement of rights for same-sex couples; (2) emotional responses celebrating the decisions or expressing relief; (3) affirmation of their relationship or rights; (4) practical consequences of the extension of rights; and (5) minority stress related to anticipation of future prejudice or discrimination. Themes in the heterosexual siblings’ responses were (1) ally support; (2) flat support without emotion or elaboration; (3) indifference to or ignorance about the decisions; and (4) disapproval of the decisions. These themes are compared and discussed in light of prior research on reactions to marriage restriction debates and marriage (in)equality and family relationships.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)993-1008
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Volume62
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 3 2015

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Keywords

  • family
  • gay and lesbian
  • marriage
  • qualitative research
  • same-sex couples
  • siblings, U.S. Supreme Court

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • General Psychology

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Windsor and Perry: Reactions of Siblings in Same-Sex and Heterosexual Couples'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this