Posted on | December 21, 2011 by Lisa Correnti |
Sure, happier people are healthier people, but should we promote public policy change based on whether it will make people happy? Planned Parenthood thinks so…Now there’s a surprise – are they not the same organization that thinks women are better off aborting their unborn children!
Having a “do what makes you feel good” mentality, it should be no surprise that the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) reported recently on their website that “Gay Marriage ‘Improves Health.’” IPPF’s conclusion, gay men are healthier when they’re happy – less stress, less illness.
IPPF is promoting the results of a recent study by Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health that found gay and bi-sexual men in Massachusetts sought medical attention less in the 12-month period after gay marriage was legalized in the state.
Researchers followed 1,211 gay men living in Massachusetts for a 12-month period prior to gay marriage being legalized and a 12-month period after the policy change. The incidents of gay men seeking medical attention after reportedly dropped by 13%.
“Marriage equality may produce broad public health benefits by reducing the occurrence of stress-related health conditions,” said Dr Mark Hatzenbuehler, lead researcher of the study. The report findings also suggest a 14% reduction in healthcare costs. The study however does not include HIV-positive gay men.
Massachusetts legalized gay marriage in 2004. It was the first state to legalize gay marriage and was a huge victory for gay activists. It energized their base and it’s no surprise that a sense of euphoria would follow.
This 12-month snap shot can hardly be a basis for advocating for the legalization of gay marriage. It does not properly reflect the serious health risks found among gay men, including greater incidents of drug use, domestic violence and suicide.
For a more in depth analysis of the lifestyle of homosexual couples, read Comparing the Lifestyles of Homosexual Couples to Married Couples by Timothy Dailey, Ph.D. and Peter Sprigg.
The study, “Effect of Same-Sex Marriage Laws on Health Care Use and Expenditures in Sexual Minority Men: A Quasi-Natural Experiment,” is online in the American Journal of Public Health.