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Same-Sex Couples: Frontiers in Measurement and Analysis: Measuring Same-Sex Couples in US Census Bureau Data: Challenges and Solutions

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  • Producer: Tom Zapiecki
  • Acquired: 3/26/2014


Gary J. Gates, PhD; Williams Distinguished Scholar; The Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law.

Scholarly and media attention to same-sex relationships has skyrocketed in recent years. This emphasis reflects the greater visibility and acceptance of same-sex relationships along with a shifting legal climate moving towards broad legalization of same-sex marriage.  Yet social science research has not kept pace with the patterns and implications of same-sex relationships in the contemporary context.  The goal of the symposium is to move forward our understanding of the measurement of same-sex couple and the assessment of their quality and stability. Hosted by The Center for Family and Demographic Research and the National Center for Family & Marriage Research at BGSU, three distinguished scholars discuss their research findings as well as reflect on the challenges and opportunities related to new research on same-sex couples.  (2014)