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About the Study

You are invited to take part in a research study being conducted by Dr. Áine Humble from the Department of Family Studies and Gerontology at Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU).

The study is examining how individuals show their support* when a relative announcing that they are marrying a same-sex partner. What was their reaction to the news of the wedding? How did they show their support? Did they help with planning the wedding? Did they go to the wedding?

* Sometimes a person may support the marriage, but still have mixed or conflicting emotions about it. I am also interested in interviewing people who fit this description.

Eligible Participants

Individuals from both Canada (age 19 and over) and the United States (age 21 and over) are eligible to participate in this study if they .

  1. had a relative marry in a same-sex marriage within the past five years
  2. were supportive of it from the start, or came to be supportive over time (this may have occurred before or after the wedding)

Confidential interviews will last approximately one hour, and will take place in person, over the phone, or through Skype.

Please contact Dr. Áine Humble at +1 902-457-6109 (confidential messages can be left for Dr. Humble), or by email at

Further Reading

This study extends previous work Dr. Humble has done on the topic of wedding experiences and same-sex couples.

Humble, A. M. (2016). "She didn't bat an eye": Canadian same-sex wedding planning and support from the wedding industry. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 12, 277-299.

Humble, A.M. (2013). Moving from ambivalence to certainty: Older same-sex couples marry in Canada. Canadian Journal on Aging, 32(2), 131-144.

For more information about Dr. Humble, please visit her MSVU faculty profile.

Note: This study has received ethics approval from Mount Saint Vincent University's Review Ethics Board (#2017-027).