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High suicide rate in married homosexuals: Swedish study
Monday, August 8, 2016

 Swedish married homosexuals suicide at nearly three times the rate of other married people


“Proponents of same-sex marriage often claim it is needed to lower the depression and suicidal feelings reported in people with same-sex attractions,” FamilyVoice research officer Ros Phillips said today.  “But a new Swedish study published in the European Journal of Epidemiology indicates that legal same-sex marriage fails to achieve this outcome.”

The May 2016 study found that in Sweden – one of the world’s most “gay-tolerant” societies – married same-sex couples have nearly three times the suicide rate of their heterosexual counterparts.

Ros Phillips said it is sadly true that people with same-sex attractions suffer higher rates of mental ill-health.  “These problems remain, regardless of community attitudes,” she said.  

Research in the Netherlands – the first nation to legalise same-sex marriage and the most supportive of people with same-sex attractions – has found that Dutch homosexuals also have higher rates of suicide symptoms.

“They need compassionate help.  But changing the meaning marriage has had throughout history in almost every culture is not the way,” Ros Phillips said.


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