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Same-Sex Legal Marriage and Psychological Well-Being: Findings from the California Health Interview Survey (American Journal of Public Health)

December 13, 2012

CHIS Journal Article

Authors: Richard G. Wight, PhD, et al

Researchers examined whether same-sex marriage was associated with nonspecific psychological distress among self-identified lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults, and whether it had the potential to offset mental health disparities between lesbian, gay, and bisexual persons and heterosexuals. Using data from California Health Interview 2009, the authors studied adults ages 18–70 years. They concluded that being in a legally recognized same-sex relationship, marriage in particular, appeared to diminish mental health differentials between heterosexuals and lesbian, gay, and bisexual persons. Researchers must continue to examine potential health benefits of same-sex marriage, which is at least in part a public health issue.

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