Both partners from gay and lesbian cohabiting couples without children were compared longitudinally with both partners from heterosexual married couples with children (n at first assessment 80, 53, and 80 couples, respectively) on variables from 5 domains indicative of relationship health. Despite an increased scientific interest in gay and lesbian couples (e. , see reviews by patter-son, 2000 peplau & beals, 2004 peplau & spalding, 2000), systematic comparisons of partners from gay or lesbian couples to spouses from heterosexual couples have been character-ized by several methodological and statistical problems. the relationships of cohabiting lesbian couples and cohabiting heterosexual couples were compared on three dimensionsdurability, interdependence, and equality. The lesbian relationships tended to be somewhat less durable and interdependent but more equal. Heterosexual, lesbian, and gay male relationships a comparison of couples in 19 fam process. Authors gabrielle gotta 1 , robert-jay green, esther rothblum, sondra solomon, kimberly balsam, pepper schwartz. partners from four types of couples without children (gay unmarried, lesbian unmarried, heterosexual unmarried, and heterosexual married, ns1,412, 1,310, 1,036, and 1,728, respectively) were compared to partners from heterosexual married couples with children (n 3,116) on mean levels of variables from a model of relationship adjustment as well as on. The mating game gay and lesbian cohabitation prevalence-33-39 comparisons with heterosexual cohabitors-similar levels of conflict-similar level of dissatisfaction with sex and intimacy-similarities in personal flaws with partners similarities in irritation with partners comparisons with married heterosexuals-more likely to fight about personal values and social. Observing gay, lesbian and heterosexual couples relationships mathematical modeling of conflict interactions. Relationship outcomes and their predictors longitudinal evidence from heterosexual married, gay cohabiting, and lesbian cohabiting couples. Part of theevolution commons,lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies commons,. Authors of the papers that i used for comparison, specifically carol weisfeld and lisa dillon. Homosexual couples are similar to heterosexual couples in the components of relationship satisfaction (kurdek, 2004), levels. Com) - the family research council has compiled a comparison of a typical homosexual couples lifestyle with that of heterosexual. Gay and lesbian couples are more than heterosexual married couples with children.