Study: Gay Marriage Reduces Teen Suicide

In a report by the Associated Press today, a study published in JAMA Pediatrics attempts to tie same sex marriage policies with a reduction in teen suicide attempts. Out of 700,000 public high school students responding to the survey, 230,000 stated they were gay, lesbian, or bisexual. In other words, 33% of high school students surveyed stated they were gay, lesbian, or bisexual. The high percentage of high school students reporting they are gay, lesbian, or bisexual stands in stark contrast to a 2015 GALLUP poll showing that only 3.8 percent of the US adult population identify as being gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Even though the study itself fails to link same sex marriage policies with a reduction in teen suicide attempts, the researchers said policymakers should be aware of the measure’s potential benefits.

AP story found here: https://www.apnews.com/46e523cd23f84f549cf2cce0add510ff/Teen-suicide-attempts-fell-as-same-sex-marriage-became-legal

JAMA study found here: http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/fullarticle/2604258

Gallup poll found here: http://www.gallup.com/poll/183383/americans-greatly-overestimate-percent-gay-lesbian.aspx

 

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