However, the APA notes that because gay marriages are still banned in many states, this has a negative psychological effect on gay families. However, not many studies have focused upon the similarities in relationship issues between gay and heterosexual relationships.

However, there are many influences on homosexual relationships that do not exist with as much force in heterosexual relationships.

This creates a social stigma on couples and added stress, as well as life partners not being able to be recognized as an equal partner.

While there is sometimes the notion that gay relationships will not be as fulfilling or satisfying as heterosexual relationships, research suggests that this is not the case.

Kramer, LCSW, ACSW, a therapist specializing in gay relationships, shared numerous insights on gay couples, from how they meet to common issues they face.

He notes especially that while everyone's situation is different, gay relationships tend to be highly influenced by the fight for social justice and acceptance.

Kramer notes that in his practice, he sees a variety of issues arise: Kramer notes that the medication Truvada is making a positive impact.

"A person who is HIV positive can take Truvada as part of his regimen and decrease his viral load to almost zero so he does not infect his partner.

Conversely, there are issues in heterosexual relationships that do not exist in same-sex relationships.

All relationships deal with sex, and many times it is a major issue in one form or another.

For example, a poll conducted by the New York Times, showed that in both heterosexual and homosexual relationships, if there isn't any sex after a month of dating, both men and women might lose interest.