Civil unions or Domestic Partnerships do not provide the same kind of legal and economic security as does Civil Marriage. You could tell that he knew and he accepted us as a couple, until the first time he was in the emergency room. As such, a study of ambivalence in gay and lesbian families informs a theoretical and empirical account of broader family relationships.
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Examination of contradiction within only one dyad i. Fewer than one quarter of respondents in this study had not openly discussed their gay or lesbian identity or partnership with at least one family member. From these general accounts I interpreted the presence of ambivalence. Andrew described one of the most obvious examples of outward love and explicit disapproval in the same moment in time, a marker of ambivalence present throughout his adult life.
As this theme demonstrates, the glass closet provides a highlighted condition of sociological ambivalence, wherein the visible and supported gay or lesbian identity is obscured and ignored because of the assumption that such disclosure would prompt a negative reaction.