Get gay married. It’s good for your health

Niagara Falls lit up in rainbow colors as same-sex marriage began in New York

Same-sex marriage may be destroying “traditional” marriage according to groups like the National Organization for Marriage, but the American Journal of Public Health found that gay marriage is good for your health.

A study was conducted in Massachusetts at a clinic that specializes in serving the health needs of gay men after same-sex marriage was legalized, CBS reported. It found that over that first 12-month period, visits  to the clinic dropped 13 percent and healthcare costs decreased by 14 percent.

The journal said that the LGBT community received “compromised health care delivery” compared with the general population and suffered from “minority stress” leading to “negative mental and physical health effects.”

From their abstract:

Reports in the medical and social science literature suggest that legal and social recognition of same-sex marriage has had positive effects on the health status of this at-risk community.

Improved outcomes are to be expected because of the improved access to health care conferred by marriage benefits under federal or state law and as a result of attenuating the effects of institutionalized stigma on a sexual minority group.

So allowing same-sex couples brings down healthcare costs for everyone and helps people live longer. Those standing in the way of allowing same-sex couples to marry aren’t just denying gays and lesbians equal rights, they’re killing us.

—  David Taffet

Study: LGBT people suffer more anxiety, depression in states with fewer gay rights

Living in Texas is officially bad for your mental health.

A study in this month’s American Journal of Public Health found that LGBT people in states that don’t have LGBT-inclusive employment or hate crimes protections suffer higher rates of psychiatric conditions such as anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and dysthymia (depression).

The study concludes, “Policies that reduce discrimination against gays and lesbians are urgently needed to protect the health and well-being of this population.”

—  John Wright