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Health & Fitness Equal marriage has improved gay men’s health, new study suggests

13:00  11 july  2018
13:00  11 july  2018 Source:   pinknews.co.uk

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A new study has suggested that the legalisation of same-sex marriage in the US has improved the health of gay men . The latest research – by professors at These men , it found, since equal marriage became law in the US, were 4 percent more likely to have a “usual source” of healthcare

When the Supreme Court made marriage equality the rule across the country in June 2015, health care experts predicted it would improve the health of LGBT Americans . And a new study suggests that this indeed was the case.

  Equal marriage has improved gay men’s health, new study suggests © Provided by Getty A new study has suggested that the legalisation of same-sex marriage in the US has improved the health of gay men.

The latest research – by professors at Vanderbilt University – found that equal marriage had led to increased health insurance coverage and better access to health care for men living in same-sex households.

The study revealed that gay marriage “increased the probability” of a man in a same-sex household having health insurance by 4 percent.

These men, it found, since equal marriage became law in the US, were 4 percent more likely to have a “usual source” of healthcare, and 7 percent more likely to have had a health check-up in the past year.

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A new study suggests gay men who get married may be healthier than unmarried gay men . "This research makes important contributions to a growing body of evidence on the social, economic, and health benefits of marriage equality ."

Research has already suggested that gay men are more likely to suffer from depression and suicidal thoughts than heterosexual men , and that social exclusion may be partly " Marriage equality may produce broad public health benefits by reducing the occurrence of stress-related health conditions."

The new research, distributed by the National Bureau of Economic Research, did not ask respondents about their sexual orientation – but instead researchers calculated an estimate for number the number of gay or bisexual men and women living in same-sex households with one other adult.

They found that one in ten women and four in 10 men in these same-sex households were not likely to be heterosexual.

  Equal marriage has improved gay men’s health, new study suggests © Provided by Getty The academics then looked at the changes in health insurance and and healthcare for these people, following the legalisation of equal marriage in the US in June 2015.

Still, the results did not find that the impact of gay marriage was notable for women. Researchers pointed to deficiencies in their statistics as an explanation for this.

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Marriage equality advocates have another reason to feel dedicated to their cause today, as a revelatory new study has found that the health of gay men living in states with laws allowing same-sex couples to wed actually improves their health , even if they don't get hitched.

President Nicolás Maduro supports same-sex marriage , and has suggested that the Constituent Assembly would agree to legalising it.[457]. " New study suggests bans on gay marriage hurt mental health of LGB people".

They said that women were more likely than men to have children from previous relationships – making them more likely to travel to another state where same-sex marriage was legal, before it became law in all the US states.

The researchers said their data did not record this prior residences or the location of same-sex marriages.

However, researchers pointed to previous studies that concluded that the legalisation of equal marriage had had a positive impact on the health of lesbian and bisexual women.

  Equal marriage has improved gay men’s health, new study suggests © Provided by Getty For both men and women in same-sex households, the new study revealed that gay marriage did not affect the rates of substance use and preventative health care.

The findings support the the results from previous research into the impact of equal marriage on gay couples.

In 2012, another study in Massachusetts, focusing on gay and bisexual men in same-sex marriages, revealed that same-sex marriage decreased their need to visit the doctor, and resulted in lower health-care costs.

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Same-sex marriage may make for healthier gay men , a new study finds. "These findings suggest that marriage equality may produce broad public health benefits by reducing the occurrence of stress-related health conditions," he said.

“These findings suggest that marriage equality may produce broad public health benefits by reducing the occurrence of stress-related health conditions in gay and bisexual men .” The study examined 1,211 male patients from a large, community-based health clinic in Massachusetts.

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