What to Do When a Gay Child Marries

Tips on handling invitations and attending celebrations

The wedding season peaks in June, and chances are the legalization of same-sex marriage will bring more invitations to those ceremonies. While the majority of Americans support same-sex marriage, more than a third oppose it, which presents challenges for parents and guests as well as the happy couple.

How does that affect the parent-child relationship? A new book, When Your Gay Or Lesbian Child Marries: A Guide for Parents, considers that question. Deborah M. Merrill, a sociology professor at Clark University, interviewed parents ages 50 to 80 who had both homosexual and heterosexual married adult children.

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