Contesting same-sex marriage in talk-in-interaction

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Recent legal developments in the UK have reasserted the traditional nuclearfamily as the normative model and defined marriage as between one man and one woman. This article uses conversation analysis (CA) to analyse naturally occurring telephone conversations in the course of which lesbians, gay men and their heterosexual advocates negotiate the term, 'marriage' in relation to lesbian and gay relationships. The data were collected in the UK after same-sex marriage was legally available in some countries and in the run-up to the legal introduction of 'civil partnerships' as an alternative to marriage for same-sex couples. Our analysis shows some of the interactional consequences of the exclusion of same-sex couples from the institution of marriage in the UK.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-183
Number of pages11
JournalFeminism and Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2007


  • civil partnership
  • conversation analysis
  • gay marriage
  • gay men
  • lesbians
  • marriage
  • same-sex marriage
  • social exclusion
  • talk-in-interaction

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