Decrease In Teen Suicide Attempts Linked To Same-Sex Marriage Laws
In the year following any state’s adoption of marriage equality, rates of attempted suicide among such high schoolers in that state fell 14% below that group’s rate of suicide attempts in states that had not changed their policies on gay marriage.
Los Angeles Times:
Same-Sex Marriage Laws Helped Reduce Suicide Attempts By Gay, Lesbian And Bisexual Teens, Study Says
More specifically, in a 16-year period during which changes in state marriage laws were sweeping the nation, states that adopted laws allowing same-sex marriage saw an immediate decline in suicide attempts by gay, lesbian and bisexual high school students — a group in which attempted suicide is two to seven times more common than among their heterosexual peers. (Healy, 2/21)