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“We’re Gonna Get Married!!!!!”

“We’re Gonna Get Married!!!!!”

Recently I wrote a research news release about what could happen to same-sex couples if the state they live in legalizes gay marriage. Most people, especially those who value the institution of marriage – and I’m not saying I don’t – think gay and lesbian couples will rush out and get married and everything will be wonderful for the rest of their lives. But it turns out, according to the study, that some relationships will fall apart because legalization will spur conversations about escalating the relationship – from cohabitation to marriage, for example – and very often this conversation will lead, just as it does with heterosexual couples, to a breakup.

You wouldn’t expect this to be funny, because sometimes, when one person wants one thing and his partner wants something different, feelings get hurt. But, in this hilarious and – I’ll warn you! – edgy and possibly offensive video, which inspired the researchers’ project, the Comedy Central duo Key and Peele made it funny, while also managing to capture the essence of the research findings. Hopefully, most conversations won’t be this public. At the end of the clip, pay close attention to Key, who’s bald. His decision and consequent action reflect precisely what the researchers found could happen for some couples.

About The Author

Matt McGowan writes about research in the College of Engineering, Sam M. Walton College of Business, School of Law and other areas. He is the editor of Short Talks From the Hill, a podcast of the University of Arkansas. Reach him at 479-575-4246 or dmcgowa@uark.edu.

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