Heteronormativity is the cultural bias in favor of opposite-sex relationships of a sexual nature, and against same-sex relationships of a sexual nature. Because the former are viewed as normal and the latter are not, lesbian and gay relationships are subject to a heteronormative bias.
Examples of heteronormativity might include:
- The underrepresentation of same-sex couples in advertising and entertainment media.
- Laws that actively discriminate against same-sex relationships, such as laws banning same-sex marriage.
- Religious bias against same-sex couples.
Heteronormativity, like racism, sexism, and heterosexism, is a bias that can only be eliminated culturally--not legislatively. But from a civil liberties perspective, the government should not participate
in heteronormativity by enacting heteronormative laws.