Legal recognition of same-sex relationships in the United States: a social science perspective.

  title={Legal recognition of same-sex relationships in the United States: a social science perspective.},
  author={Gregory M. Herek},
  journal={The American psychologist},
  volume={61 6},
  • G. Herek
  • Published 1 September 2006
  • Psychology
  • The American psychologist
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