TITLE

State-Level Marriage Equality and the Health of Same-Sex Couples

AUTHOR(S)
Kail, Ben Lennox; Acosta, Katie L.; Wright, Eric R.
PUB. DATE
June 2015
SOURCE
American Journal of Public Health;Jun2015, Vol. 105 Issue 6, p1101
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Objectives. We assessed the association between the health of people in same-sex relation ships and the degree and nature o f the legal recognition of same-sex relation ships offered in the states in which they resided. Methods. We conducted secondary data analyses on the 2010 to 2013 Current Population Survey and publicly available data from Freedom to Marry, Inc. We estimated ordered logistic regression models in a 4-level framework to assess the impact of states' legal stances toward same-sex marriage on self-assessed health. Results. Our findings indicated, relative to states with antigay constitutional amendments, that same-sex couples living in states with legally sanctioned marriage reported higher levels of self-assessed health. Conclusions. Our findings suggested that full legal recognition of same-sex relationships through marriage might be an important legal and policy strategy for improving the health of same-sex couples.
ACCESSION #
103305383

 

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