Researchers at Columbia University followed a group of over 1,200 patients from a Massachusetts clinic focused on LGBT healthcare 12 months before and after same-sex marriage was legalized. Their findings? In the 12 months following the marriage law passing, doctors visits declined as well as healthcare costs for the group.
The boost in gay men’s health is likely connected to both the institution of marriage and also the societal changes associated with the new laws.
“What we are saying is that when you legalize same-sex marriage it kind of changes the social environment around gays and lesbians,” Hatzenbueler said. “And that reduces social stigma and stress that has downstream health consequences.”