Equality is healthy

A recent study from Columbia University indicates that marriage equality legislation improves the health of gay men whether or not those men get married.

According to the BBC:

Researchers from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health surveyed the demand for medical and mental health care from 1,211 gay men registered with a particular health clinic in the 12 months prior to the change, and the 12 months afterwards.

They found a 13% drop in healthcare visits after the law was enacted.¬†There was a reduction in blood pressure problems, depression and “adjustment disorders”, which the authors claimed could be the result of reduced stress.

Huffpost has more details here.

I guess it’s not that surprising that discriminating against people is bad for them – in many different ways. But then, we all know that if we let gay people get married our society would crumble into mass social disorder. Or, um, maybe just more things like would happen:

Intimate Partner Violence in the US

The Center for Disease Control issued a report on Dec. 14th. The figures are astonishingly high. I haven’t been able to access their site for some time, but here are some significant points that have shown up on Medscape:

The survey found that nearly 1 in 5 women (18.3%) and 1 in 71 men (1.4%) have been raped at some time in their lives. …

One in 6 women (16.2%) and 1 in 19 men (5.2%) experienced stalking at some point during their lifetime. Most female victims (66.2%) and about 40% of male victims were stalked by a current or former intimate partner.

Among victims of intimate partner violence, more than 1 in 3 women experienced multiple forms of rape, stalking, or physical violence; 91% of male victims experienced physical violence alone.

Severe physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner was experienced by roughly 1 in 4 women (24.3%) and 1 in 7 men (13.8%).

Given these figures, it can seem odd to see the report as generally saying that roughly 1 in 3 women, and 1 in 4 men, have experienced rape, stalking and/or physical violence by an significant other. However, there is a difference between the unqualified physical violence of the summary and severe physical violence, with the latter occurring for 1 in 7 men. Even that figure is horrible.