Mental Health in the News-January

Same-sex marriage may have mental health benefits

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on the legality of same-sex marriage in late March, a new study suggests such unions may positively affect mental health.
 
The study in the American Journal of Public Health uses CHIS data to show that psychological distress is lower among lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals who are legally married to a person of the same sex, compared with those not in legally recognized unions.
 
The authors used 2009 California Health Interview Survey, which asks questions about psychosocial distress and legal relationship status as well as self-perceived overall health.
 
The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled argument on California’s Proposition 8 and on the federal Defense of Marriage Act on consecutive days in late March.