About the Researchers

Dr. Stephen Haas

University of Cincinnati

Dr. Pamela Lannutti

Widener University


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Take the US Same-Sex Couples Relationship Maintenance National Survey

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About the Study

This 5-year survey project aims to explore the relational dynamics of same-sex couples, strategies for maintenance, and social issues that impact same-sex relationships. The study is being conducted through the collaboration of researchers at the University of Cincinnati and Widener University in Philadelphia. The study is a national online survey with the goal of increasing  public  awareness of the relational lives of same-sex couples in the United States.  


                    YEAR 4

Please click the survey link above if you're in a same-sex romantic relationship of 6 months or longer, and 18 or older.

If this is your first time participating, welcome! If you took last year's survey, fantastic! Please take Year 4!

Everyone can complete the survey each year!

Thanks for your help with this important project!!

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Our Published Research

Haas, S. M., & Lannutti, P. J. (in press). The influence of marriage and (non)monogamy agreements on relationship quality in LGBTQ+ Relationships. In A. Hoy (Ed.), The Social Science of Same-Sex Marriage: LGBTQ People and Their Relationships in the Era of Marriage Equality. London, UK: Routledge.


Haas, S. M., & Lannutti, P. J. (2019). The impact of minority stress and social support on positive relationship functioning in same-sex relationships.  Health Communication. DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2019.1687130

Lannutti, P. J. & Galupo, M. P. (Eds.) (2019).  The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election and the LGBTQ Community. New York: Routledge.


Haas, S. M., Perazzo, J., Ruffner, A., & Lyons, M. (2019). Exploring current stereotypes and norms impacting sexual partner HIV-status communication.  Health Communication. Available at Taylor & Francis' Online First.  DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2019.1636340

Haas, S. M. (2019).  Stigma, heteronormative passing with healthcare providers, and partner health involvement in male same-sex couples.  In J. Theiss & K. Greene (Eds.), Contemporary Studies of Relationships, Health, and Wellness (pp. 30-48). Cambridge University Press.

Lannutti, P. J. (2018).  Committed, unmarried same-sex couples and their social networks in the U.S.: Relationships and discursive strategies.  Journal of Homosexuality, 65, 1232-1248. DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2017.1411690


Lannutti, P. J. (2018). GLBTQ people who decided to marry after the 2016 U.S. election: Reasons for and meanings of marriage.  Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 14, 85-100. DOI: 10.1080/1550428X.2017.1420846

Faulkner, S. L., & Lannutti, P. J. (2016). Representations of lesbian and bisexual women’s sexual and relational health in online video and text-based sources. Computers in Human Behavior, 63, 916-921. DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2016.06.039

Haas, S. M., & Whitton, S. (2015). The significance of living together and importance of marriage in same-sex couples.  Journal of Homosexuality, 62(9), 1241-1263. DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2015.1037137.  2017 Monograph of the Year Award conferred by the LGBTQ Studies Division of the National Communication Association.

Lannutti, P. J. (2014).  Experiencing Same-Sex Marriage: Individuals, Couples, and Social Networks.  New York, New York:  Peter Lang.

Lannutti, P. J. (2011).  Security, recognition, and misgivings: Exploring older same-sex couples' experiences of legally recognized same-sex marriage.  Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 28 (1), 64-82.  https://doi.org/10.1177/0265407510386136

Haas, S. M. (2008). Social support as relationship maintenance in gay male couples coping with HIV/AIDS. In L. C. Lederman (Ed.), Beyond these Walls: Readings in Health Communication (pp. 252-270). New York, Oxford University Press.

Lannutti, P. J. (2007).  The influence of same-sex marriage on the understanding of same-sex relationships.  Journal of Homosexuality, 53(3), 135-151. DOI: 10.1300/J082v53n03_08

Lannutti, P. J. (2006).  Attractions and obstacles while considering legally recognized same-sex marriage.  Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 4 (2), 244-264. ​DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15504280802096914

Haas, S. M., & Stafford, L. (2005). Maintenance behaviors in same-sex and marital relationships: A matched sample comparison.  Journal of Family Communication, 5(1), 43-60. DOI: ​http://dx.doi.org/10.1207/s15327698jfc0501_3

Lannutti, P. J. (2005).  For better or worse: Exploring the meanings of same-sex marriage within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered community.  Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 22 (1), 5-18. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0265407505049319

Haas, S. M.  (2003).  Relationship maintenance in same-sex couples.  In D. Canary & M. Dainton (Eds.), Maintaining Relationships through Communication:  Relational, Contextual, and Cultural Variations (pp. 209-230). Hillsdale, NJ:  Lawrence Earlbaum.

Haas, S. M.  (2002).  Social support as relationship maintenance in gay male couples coping with HIV. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships,19(1), 87-111. Special Issue: Personal and Social Relationships of Individuals Living with HIV. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0265407502191005

Haas, S. M., & Stafford, L. (1998). An initial examination of maintenance behaviors in gay and lesbian relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 15(6), 846-855. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0265407598156008



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