Behavior: Do Gay Couples Have An Edge?

Sallyanne Monti, 42, and Mickey Neill, 52, began seeing a couples therapist soon after their relationship began six years ago, and they have been in counseling on and off ever since. They have gone to hash out the kinds of problems that plague many couples: guilt, anxiety, miscommunication and dealing with teenage kids.

But Monti and Neill are both women, and while gay and heterosexual couples have plenty of issues in common, there are big differences as well. Gay couples have to cope daily with homophobia, says Robert-Jay Green, a psychologist in San Francisco. An even bigger problem is a lack...

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