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Title: ‘A question of equality and choice’: same-sex couples’ attitudes toward civil partnership after the introduction of same-sex marriage
Authors: Jowett, Adam
Peel, Elizabeth
Keywords: Civil partnership
Same-sex marriage
Marriage equality
Equality
Lesbian and gay rights
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis
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.
Abstract: 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.
Description: This paper is closed access until 16th April 2018.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/19419899.2017.1319408
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/24884
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19419899.2017.1319408
ISSN: 1941-9899
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