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(p. 402) Exploring the Polysemy of Voice and Silence: (Not) Talking About Divorce After the US Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage 

(p. 402) Exploring the Polysemy of Voice and Silence: (Not) Talking About Divorce After the US Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage
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(p. 402) Exploring the Polysemy of Voice and Silence: (Not) Talking About Divorce After the US Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage
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Gust A. Yep

, Rebecca N. Gigi

, and Briana E. Avila

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190635176.003.0022
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date: 23 September 2019

This chapter addresses the complex interplay between voice and silence in US LGBT communities. In terms of voice, the chapter focuses on Evan Wolfson, founder of Freedom to Marry and colloquially known as “Mr. Gay Marriage,” whose public comments on same-sex divorce before and after the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality focused on two central themes: (1) fairness and (2) protection. In terms of silence, the chapter focuses on the largely absent discourse about same-sex divorce in mainstream LGBT online media to explore its multiple meanings. The analysis explores three major themes: (1) that same-sex divorce is a recent phenomenon, (2) that same-sex divorce may not be relevant to unconventional long-term relationships, and (3) that creation of a pseudo charmed circle suppresses the visibility of same-sex divorce. The chapter concludes by exploring the implications of the multiple meanings of voice and silence surrounding same-sex relational dissolution.

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