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J Epidemiol Community Health. 2006 Mar;60(3):188-91.

What same sex civil partnerships may mean for health.

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  • 1Primary Care Psychiatry, Royal Free and University College Medical School, University College London, Hampstead Campus, London NW3 2PF, UK. m.king@medsch.ucl.ac.uk

Abstract

A growing number of countries have introduced a form of marriage or civil partnership registration for same sex couples. Marriage confers health benefits on heterosexual men and women and similar benefits could arise from same sex civil unions. The authors argue that legal and social recognition of same sex relationships may reduce discrimination, increase the stability of same sex relationships, and lead to better physical and mental health for gay and lesbian people.

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