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Mixed Orientation Marriages: The New Mixed Marriage

When we think of a "mixed marriage," we typically imagine two individuals of different races or religions. But the mixed-orientation marriage -- with one straight spouse and one who's gay or lesbian -- is just as real, though far more likely to operate underground.

When I work with these couples, I find them to be some of the most painful experiences in my work because of the deep love and affection they still have for one another both sexually and emotionally. They don't want to end their marriages. Each couple is completely different from another. While the current research shows that most of these couples break up immediately or within the first two years, that does not mean that the couple in my office will do that. Many choose to stay together in a variety of ways.

Click here for my article on this topic in HuffinMigton Post which also features a video of me speaking on this topic.

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