Decades ago when gay people faced ostracism and the threat of prosecution in the UK and other Western nations, many chose to marry and disguise their sexuality. But even with increased tolerance now some choose to take the same path. Nick, who is in his 50s, has been married to his wife for 30 years. He is also gay.
Try out PMC Labs and tell us what you think. Learn More. Parenthood changes couples' relationships across multiple domains, generally decreasing relationship quality, sexual satisfaction, and sexual frequency. Emerging research suggests that gay couples who are parenting might experience similar challenges. However, such changes might have even more profound implications for gay couples' health, and in particular their HIV risk, given the somewhat different ways in which they negotiate and tolerate sexual behaviors with outside partners. We aimed to examine these issues in a qualitative analysis of interviews from 48 gay male couples who were actively parenting children. Findings suggest that parenthood increases men's commitment to their primary relationship while simultaneously decreasing time and energy for relationship maintenance, and generally decreasing sexual satisfaction.
The complex contribution of sociodemographics to decision-making power in gay male couples
Relationship power is an important dyadic construct in close relationships that is associated with relationship health and partner's individual health. Understanding what predicts power in heterosexual couples has proven difficult, and even less is known about gay couples. Resource models of power posit that demographic characteristics associated with social status e.
On 1 April , marriages between partners of the same sex were legalised in the Netherlands. During the first two years more gay than lesbian couples seized the opportunity to get married, but since more lesbian than gay marriages were registered. Last year, lesbian and gay marriages were registered in the Netherlands, slightly more than during the past five years. Annual number of same-sex marriages Download CSV Show datatable Annual number of same-sex marriages Annual number of same-sex marriages Two men Two women As the number of same-sex marriages increased, so did the number of divorces.