LGBT relationships involve the same dynamics and values as heterosexual relationships. The most common denominator in romantic relationships is love, but same-sex relationships face the same issues as do all human relationships: jealousy, lust, control, intimacy problems, etc. We need to negotiate all the same developmental issues in couple-building as do heterosexual people, but we need to do this while combating oppression. |
The word wife comes from an Old English word "wyf," meaning "helpmate" and husband comes from a word meaning "hunter." Family comes from Latin and means everyone who lives in a man's household, including his children, servants, and wife. But the word Partner has a wide variety of contexts: legal, work, athletics, etc. How do you feel about this term? How about Significant Other? Today, the term partner has developed a new association as a non-gender specific term, though it should be noted that many gay and lesbian people use the terms "wife" and "husband," or "spouse" to describe their partner or significant other. And some people avoid these words by using "friend." Whatever your preference, there are ramifications for any term a same-sex couple chooses.
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