Same-Sex marriage law improves the health of married, partnered and single gay men

Goodtherapy.org reports that research by Mark L. Hatzenbuehler of the Center for the Study of Social Inequalities in Health at Columbia University in New York has revealed that the legalization of same-sex marriage improves the physical and mental health of not only gay men in committed relationships but also of single gay men.

LGB&T people have for decades struggled with limited access to health care and health insurance, which puts them at increased risk for the negative psychological consequences related to these stressors, such as depression, anxiety, fear, and substance use.

Hatzenbuehler discovered that the legalization of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts resulted in a 10% reduction in medical costs and 13% reduction in psychological health-care visits. The men experienced a 13% decrease in the number of visits to a medical doctor as well. Additionally, Hatzenbuehler noticed that these decreases were evident for men in committed relationships and also for single gay men. The findings suggest that same-sex marriage could have a positive influence on not only those seeking to get married but on the gay community in general.

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