Same-sex marriage label changes support
June 28, 2007
Schmitt, an assistant professor of psychology, presented two hypothetical state laws—one legally recognizing same-sex civil unions and the other, same-sex marriage—to 115 U.S.-based heterosexual psychology students (67 males and 48 females).
Participants considering the marriage law supported it less and found it more threatening to heterosexuals’ rights and social status. The threat partially mediated support for the law.
Schmitt’s research will be published in the journal Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. Schmitt is an internationally known expert in social identity theory and responses to discrimination.