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Attitudes Toward Lesbian and Gay Male Couples: An Experimental Study

Amy Drouin

Two hundred ninety-eight college students completed a survey packet containing one of three relationship scenarios involving committed couples who differed in sexual orientation (heterosexual, gay male, and lesbian partners). Each of these scenarios was paired with either a harsh family argument against the couples’ marital reunion or the couples’ positive reasons for their marriage. Results showed that the gay male and lesbian couple scenarios elicited higher levels of homophobia and less support for the couples’ marital union than did the heterosexual couple scenario. This was especially true for the men, who were found to be more homophobic and less supportive of homosexual couples than the women. Marriages of lesbian couples were more supported than were gay male unions.

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