Same-Sex Couples

Wendy D. Manning

Kara Joyner
Susan L. Brown

Recently, major shifts in the legal and social context surrounding same-sex relationships have occurred. The social acceptance and support for same-sex couples has skyrocketed such that the majority of Americans support same-sex marriage, and the legal system has been transformed with the majority of the population living in states with legalized same-sex marriage. While these changes have been rapidly underway there has been growing scholarly attention to the well-being of children and adults in same-sex parent families.  We are conducting research on child and adult well-being in same-sex couple families as well as research on relationship quality and stability.


Manning, Wendy D., Marshal Neal Fettro, and Esther Lamidi. (2014). “Child Well-Being in Same-Sex Parent Families: Review of Research Prepared for American Sociological Association Amicus Brief.” Population Research and Policy Review. doi: 10.1007/s11113-014-9329-6

ASA Amicus Brief in Support of Marriage Equality


Susan L. Brown, Wendy D. Manning and Krista K. Payne. “Family Structure and Children’s Economic Well-Being: Incorporating Same-Sex Cohabiting Mother Families.” (CFDR Working Paper 2015-05)

Wendy D. Manning, Susan L. Brown and J. Bart Stykes. “Same-Sex and Different-Sex Cohabiting Couple Relationship Stability.” (CFDR Working Paper 2014-17)

Kara Joyner, Wendy D. Manning and Ryan Bogle. “The Stability and Qualities of Same-Sex and Different-Sex Couples in Young Adulthood.” (CFDR Working Paper 2013-02)