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Nam Lecture: "Same-Sex Relationships and Well-Being"

DeVoe Moore Conference Room, 150 Bellamy Bldg.

With more than 70% of Americans living in 37 states where same-sex marriage is now legal and the U.S. Supreme Court set to rule on the constitutionality of state marriage bans, the annual Charles B. Nam Lecture at Florida State University addresses a timely subject. This year’s lecture will be delivered by an academic whose work led the American Sociological Association (ASA) to file an amicus brief with the court asserting that children raised by same-sex parents fare just as well as children raised by different-sex parents.

Wendy Manning, professor of sociology, director of the Center for Family and Demographic Research, and co-director of the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University, will speak on “Same-Sex Relationships and Well-Being” when she visits FSU next month for the lecture sponsored by the College of Social Science and Public Policy’s Center for Demography and Population Health (CDPH).

Manning will detail her experiences working with the ASA on the brief filed March 5, 2015, in Obergefell v. Hodges and consolidated cases, scheduled to be heard April 28. She will also talk about her own recent research on the relationship stability of same-sex couples and on challenges and opportunities for new research on same-sex relationships in the U.S.

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 now support it. At the same time, there has growing scholarly attention to the well-being of children and adults in same-sex parent families.

The ASA brief highlights the social science consensus that children raised by same-sex parents fare just as well as children raised by different-sex parents. It also seeks to counter misinterpretation and misrepresentation of sociological research by same-sex marriage opponents, who claim children with same-sex parents have worse outcomes than children with different-sex parents. According to the ASA, many of the studies cited by opponents of same-sex marriage actually demonstrate that enabling same-sex couples to marry may be beneficial for children.

The Charles B. Nam Lecture in the Sociology of Population is presented annually to highlight the latest research in key contemporary issues. It is named in honor of Charles Nam, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Sociology and CDPH research associate.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact , the Charles B. Nam Professor in Sociology of Population at Florida State University.

Lecture Date: 

April 3, 2015, 1:00pm - 2:30pm