December 19, 2011
Gay Marriage Leads To Better Health
Researchers have found that legalizing same-sex marriage may help gay men become healthier.
They said that the number of visits by gay men to health clinics in Massachusetts, a state where gay marriage is legal, dropped significantly once same-sex unions were allowed.
The team said that this number did not change regardless of whether the men were in a stable relationship or not.
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health researchers surveyed 1,211 gay men registered with a particular health clinic in the 12 months prior to the change, and the 12 months afterwards.
They found a 13 percent drop in healthcare visits after the law was enacted in the state in 2003.
The researchers saw a reduction in blood pressure problems, depression and "adjustment disorders."
"Our results suggest that removing these barriers improves the health of gay and bisexual men," Dr Mark Hatzenbuehler, who led the study, said in a statement.
"Marriage equality may produce broad public health benefits by reducing the occurrence of stress-related health conditions."
The research was published in the American Journal of Public Health.
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