Tag: same-sex marriage
How do the children of gay and lesbian parents compare to others? Better, worse or about the same?
Will same-sex marriage threaten the existence of gender roles? Or provide a more nuanced understanding of gender?
On November 6th, advances for LGBT people were made across the United States.
An Ally’s Guide to Issues Facing LGBT Americans was created as an introduction for those who support and fight for LGBT equality
The IMPACT Program has been asking young LGBT couples, “Who are your role models for having a healthy relationship?”
New national census data provides surprising statistics about same-sex households in the United States, including who and where they are.
A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health provides insightful research outlining the effect of same-sex marriage laws on health care use and costs for gay and bisexual men (Hatzenbuehler et al., 2011). The study examined the frequency of visits of 1,211 participants, both before and after the legalization of marriage in Massachusetts (2003). This research is unique in that data before a “natural” event were available for analysis. Most natural events do not provide such pre-event data to sufficiently document the change following a natural event, in this case the passing of the Massachusetts same-sex marriage law.
The study found “a significant decrease in medical care visits (13%) and costs (10%) and in mental health care visits (13%) and expenditures (14%).” The lead researcher, Mark Hatzenbuehler at Columbia University, suggested that one possible explanation is a reduced level … Read More »
New York Times reports a narrow majority of Americans support allowing same-sex couples to legally marry
According to the New York Times, support for allowing same-sex couples to legally marry has risen to 45 percent or more, according to national polls, and a CNN poll this month found that a narrow majority of Americans are supportive. In Illinois they report that support has gone up 22% since 1994-1996 to now being supported by the majority of Illinois residents. | Read Full Article |
A federal judge in San Francisco decided today that gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry, striking down Proposition 8, the California ballot measure that banned same-sex unions.
U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker said Proposition 8 violated the federal constitutional rights of gays and lesbians to marry the partners of their choice. His ruling is expected to be appealed to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and then up to the US Supreme Court.
The federal judge ruled, “Plaintiffs seek to have the state recognize their committed relationships, and plaintiffs’ relationships are consistent with the core of the history, tradition and practice of marriage in the United States.” You can read his ruling here: Prop 8 judge ruling 2010.
Judge Walker’s historic ruling relied heavily on the testimony he heard at … Read More »
A new study published in the prestigious journal Pediatrics followed a group of children born to lesbian mothers for nearly 25 years to chart their psychological health and development. The findings indicated that compared to normative data these children had fewer behavioral problems. Read more here.