Equal marriage improved LGBT mental health

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The research, led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Professor Brian Ogolsky, examined the US Supreme Court ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges— that created precedent for same-sex marriages being legally recognized on the federal level. Ogolsky and his co-authors “found that psychological distress dropped, and life satisfaction increased after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling,” underlining that both married and unmarried people were involved in the research and for both categories positive changes in mental health condition are significant. Ogolsky and his team collected survey data from both same-sex couples and different-sex couples in the four months prior to the Obergefell ruling and one year after too measure depression, anxiety and life dissatisfaction in general. And the harder the disorder was, the higher level of improvement was shown. As for heterosexual couples, marriage equality had no negative impact on them. In a second research paper, Ogolsky’s team found that the equal marriage ruling led to higher levels of family support for same-sex couples. Ogolsky believes it’s possible that, “family support increased because marriage equality allowed heterosexual kin to see their LGBTQ family members as fitting into cultural norms of marriage.”

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