So many terrific responses. Faithful Reader Jean's comment prompts this post.
"I read with interest the responses from Friday about the couple where the wife was refusing sex with her husband. Do male, gay couples ever have the same issue? It seemed from some of the responses that they don't or did I misunderstand."
My initial reaction is to say, "No." Though, I know gay couples have relationship issues the same as straights. But, as a male, they would know and understand the need for release, so therefore I don't think gay men are as inclined to deny sexual activity.
Nor, I think, would they have a negative response to a partner masturbating.