Study: States Allowing Same-Sex Marriage Had Drop In Teen Suicide Attempts
Is there a relationship between whether a state allows same-sex marriage and whether gay, lesbian and bisexual adolescents in those states attempt suicide? New research suggests the answer is yes.
Ellen Moscoe, a doctoral candidate in Harvard’s School of Public Health, worked on that study.
The study found same-sex marriage policies were associated with a 7 percent reduction in the proportion of all high-school students reporting a suicide attempt over the past year, and a 14 percent drop among LGB students. That’s equivalent to about 134,000 fewer adolescents attempting suicide every year.
The study was published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.