Doctoral Dissertation Thesis by Deb Gordon "A study of perceptions among gay and lesbian individuals who have participated in commitment ceremonies and those who have not."
The primary purpose of this study is twofold. It is to ask gay and lesbian individuals who have participated in a commitment ceremony and those who have not engaged in a commitment ceremony to rate the following: (1) the degree of happiness provided by their relationship; (2) the level of sexual satisfaction provided by their relationship; (3) the amount of social support with which they are provided. Second it asks those same individuals to rate the degree to which they feel the following five stressors impact them: the degree of stress related to the family's reaction to the individual being gay or lesbian; the degree of stress related to the family's reaction to the individual's same-sex partner; the degree of stress related to violence and harassment encountered because of sexual orientation; the degree of stress related to discrimination at work due to sexual orientation; the degree of stress related to threat of HIV/AIDS due to sexual orientation.
About the author
Deborah "Minister Deb" Gordon, Ed.D. is a graduate of the Candler School of Theology of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia with a Master's degree in Theological Studies. She has performed over 400 ceremonies as an ordained minister.
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