This is the first study evaluating the desire to marry and attitudes towards same-sex family legalization in an Italian sample of lesbians and gay males from 18 to 35 years of age. Even though the majority of participants reported a positive attitude towards same-sex family legalization, gay men expressed a lower desire to marry than lesbian participants. Participants with a high level of internalized sexual stigma were less likely to want to marry and to recognize the positive effects of the legal recognition of the same-sex family. Regression analyses showed the relevance of ISS, self-disclosure to family, political progressivism, and higher education to predict a desire to marry and a more positive attitude towards same-sex family legalization. The results point to the necessity of social policy reform to eliminate social and structural inequalities surrounding the pursuit of intimacy to reduce disparities in intimacy-related stressors of lesbians and gay men.

The Desire to Marry and Attitudes towards Same-Sex Family Legalization in a Sample of Italian Lesbians and Gay Men / Baiocco, Roberto; M., Argalia; Laghi, Fiorenzo. - In: JOURNAL OF FAMILY ISSUES. - ISSN 0192-513X. - ELETTRONICO. - (2014), pp. 1-12. [10.1177/0192513X12464872]

The Desire to Marry and Attitudes towards Same-Sex Family Legalization in a Sample of Italian Lesbians and Gay Men

BAIOCCO, ROBERTO;LAGHI, Fiorenzo
2014

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This is the first study evaluating the desire to marry and attitudes towards same-sex family legalization in an Italian sample of lesbians and gay males from 18 to 35 years of age. Even though the majority of participants reported a positive attitude towards same-sex family legalization, gay men expressed a lower desire to marry than lesbian participants. Participants with a high level of internalized sexual stigma were less likely to want to marry and to recognize the positive effects of the legal recognition of the same-sex family. Regression analyses showed the relevance of ISS, self-disclosure to family, political progressivism, and higher education to predict a desire to marry and a more positive attitude towards same-sex family legalization. The results point to the necessity of social policy reform to eliminate social and structural inequalities surrounding the pursuit of intimacy to reduce disparities in intimacy-related stressors of lesbians and gay men.
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