Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Living gay in the USA: An examination of the Marriage Benefit Theory
by Waite, Geraldine K., Ph.D., Capella University, 2013, 158; 3606844
Abstract (Summary)

The Waite-Gallagher Marriage Benefit Theory (2000) articulates the premise of greater financial advantage, health benefits, and social well-being for married couples, not shared by cohabitating or singles. This benefit was not generalizable to same-sex couples or African-American. The significance of the current study is the use of a large dataset (The U. S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey) to explore if there is an association between type of legal status of marital relationship and financial advantage and health benefits for same-sex couples. Minority stress explains the systematic exclusion of same-sex couples from the entitlements of citizenship. The wage disadvantage theory of minority groups counters Waite and Gallagher and sheds light on a problem of comparison related to a heterosexual, Caucasian sample. Combining insights from a historical, political, economic, and social perspective, with a large secondary dataset from the 2010 American Community Survey 1-year tabulation, this quantitative dissertation seeks to extend the Waite-Gallagher theory. The findings suggest support for the Waite-Gallagher marriage benefit theory i.e. marriage does matter for lesbian and gay males. The principal conclusion is the existence of a statistically significant relationship between the state context (legal recognition of marriage vs. non-recognition) and financial advantage and health benefits when using a large secondary data set.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pelletier, Rosemarie
Commitee: Daines, Andrea, Dawson, Yvette
School: Capella University
Department: School of Public Service Leadership
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 75/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: GLBT Studies, Public policy
Keywords: American Community Survey, Financial well-being, Gay, Health benefits, Marriage benefit theory, Minority stress, Same-sex marriage
Publication Number: 3606844
ISBN: 978-1-303-64136-7
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