In Support of Gay Marriage? Rutgers–Camden Psychologist Seeks Participants for Study to Undo Stereotypes about Gay Relationships

CAMDEN – As gay marriage continues to generate support (such as from the president of the United States) and resistance (such as from the president of Chick-Fil-A), a Rutgers–Camden psychologist says little research has been done to actually understand gay relationships.

In a recent op-ed in the Philadelphia Gay News, Charlotte Markey, an associate professor of psychology at Rutgers–Camden, says research aiming to understand LGBT relationships can lead to a more tolerant and better informed society.

“Although many U.S. citizens are becoming increasingly open to understanding and tolerance, the public needs to be educated. They need to be familiarized with the data suggesting that LGBT relationships aren’t all that different from straight relationships. Love is love. Jealousy is jealousy. Commitment is commitment. It doesn’t matter much the gender of your partner,” writes Markey.

Markey knows firsthand about the research conducted on both traditional and diverse relationships. She leads the Couples’ Health Study at Rutgers–Camden, which for the past decade has explored eating behaviors in lesbian couples and heterosexuals. Currently, the Couples’ Health Study is recruiting men in relationships with men.

“Not all of us have the time or energy to be activists,” says Markey. “Contributing to research is a tangible way to make a difference and generate knowledge in a short amount of time.”

Participation in the study will take about an hour and a half and will generate $100 for each couple.

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