Study Shows Marriage Equality Leads to Decline in Teenage Suicides, Australia Pushes for Reform

Study Shows Marriage Equality Leads to Decline in Teenage Suicides, Australia Pushes for Reform

A US study Published by Jamma Pediatric journal has researchers correlating the link between same-sex marriage and a decline in teenage suicide rates. Johns Hopkins University and Harvard compared the rates of student-reported suicide attempts and state policies in the 16 years prior to June 2015 before the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality nationwide. They discovered that there was a seven percent decline in teenage suicide. Out of the sample of 763,000 students in the database 14 percent identified as bisexual, lesbian, or gay.

The legalization lessens society’s stigma toward LGBT people. The evidence is also supported by the fact that suicide rates were unaffected in states that did not legalize same-sex marriage.

In light of the recent findings experts in Australia are asking Parliament to back the reform toward marriage equality to help save the youths of the country.

Associate professor of psychology at the University of Queensland Winnifred Louis was a co-author of the Australian Psychological Society’s submission to the recent Senate marriage equality inquiry. She has studied the toll of prejudice and discrimination

“The message to law makers is clearly that marriage equality is an urgent reform that should not be delayed any longer. Young Australian lives depend on it,” Louis concluded. [CSM]

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