Virtually all of the married men and women who responded - 93 percent - said "love and commitment" were the prime factors in their decision to wed.
Marriage appears to have forged stronger ties between spouses and their families and even colleagues on the job. When asked whether marriage had created a stronger bond with their partners, nearly three-quarters said it had. And families, the gay couples said, reacted with overwhelming acceptance of their marriage: 82 percent said their parents responded positively, while 91 percent indicated siblings were receptive.
Eight of 10 study participants said that being married made them more likely to disclose their sexual orientation to their coworkers and doctors.
"That suggests there's something powerful about that ritual, about that institution," Badgett said. "People feel more accepted by society."
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