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Monday, January 2, 2012

Marriage is good for you - whether straight or gay...





Let’s face it; waiting for the world to change is making us sick. Lets get married!

Yes, we could pop pills more often—or we could move to one of six states that support full marriage equality rights, according to a new study published in The American Journal of Public Health.
Researchers from Columbia University surveyed more than 1,200 patients (all of them gay men) and their billing statements at a large Massachusetts health clinic 12 months before and after the state legalized same-sex marriage in 2004
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As it turns out, man-on-man matrimony makes us healthier: After same-sex marriage equality passed, researchers saw a 13 percent decrease in doctor visits and a 14 percent decrease in health care costs among gay and bisexual men, particularly for those who reported high blood pressure, depression, anxiety and sexually transmitted diseases.

“What we are saying is that when you legalize same-sex marriage it kind of changes the social environment around gays and lesbians,” lead author Mark Hatzenbuehler said in a news release, as reported by MSNBC. “And that reduces social stigma and stress that has downstream health consequences.”

More and more, America is finding homophobia difficult to explain. Thanks a lot, science!
This is something that  hetero society has long claimed. Close physical relationships are good for you - whether straight or gay.

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2 comments:

H. Nizam said...

I am an old fashioned man who
still thinks that marriage should
be between two persons of different sexes.

Kiwi Riverman's Blogesphere said...

Gay marriage has not been legalised in NZ, only civil unions. However, the story was more about close physical relationships which have physical and psychological benefits, rather than moralism. You are right to retain your beliefs, Harry.