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Am J Public Health. 2011 Jun;101(6):986-90. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2010.300112. Epub 2011 Apr 14.

Public health implications of same-sex marriage.

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  • St. Francis Hospital, Indianapolis, IN, USA. wcbuffie@aol.com

Abstract

Significantly compromised health care delivery and adverse health outcomes are well documented for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the United States compared with the population at large. LGBT individuals subject to societal prejudice in a heterosexist world also suffer from the phenomenon known as "minority stress," with its attendant negative mental and physical health effects. Reports in the medical and social science literature suggest that legal and social recognition of same-sex marriage has had positive effects on the health status of this at-risk community. Improved outcomes are to be expected because of the improved access to health care conferred by marriage benefits under federal or state law and as a result of attenuating the effects of institutionalized stigma on a sexual minority group.

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