Inthe American Medical Association officially recognised that excluding sexual minorities from marriage was significantly contributing to the overall poor health among same-sex households compared to heterosexual households. Constitution guaranteed the fundamental right to marry. Furthermore, marriage dissolution data widowhood, separation, divorce were available for heterosexuals but not for lesbian, gay, and bisexual persons, precluding us from systematically comparing mental health differentials among subgroups of nonmarried heterosexuals and lesbian, gay, and bisexual persons. LGBT individuals also find themselves subject to laws or constitutional amendments supported by the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as a legal union solely between a man and a woman. In the Federal District Mexico Cityseparate from other Mexican jurisdictions, legalized same-sex marriage. I do, but I can't: Ryan Anderson does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.
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American Journal of Political Science To date, the best evidence has come from small-scale nonrepresentative studies, which suggest that, like their heterosexual counterparts, sexual minority persons realize psychological benefits from same-sex legal marriage and other types of legally recognized same-sex relationships e. Because marriage rates are near-integrated, stationary models of change in marriage rates cannot provide reliable estimates .
Opponents of same-sex marriage often argue that children raised in same-sex households perform worse on a variety of life outcome measures when compared to those raised in a heterosexual household.