The authors investigated sexual orientation-related differences in suicide mortality in Denmark during the initial 12- year period following legalization of same-sex registered domestic partnerships (RDPs). Using data from death certificates issued between 1990 and 2001 and population estimates from the Danish census, the authors estimated suicide mortality risk among individuals classified into one of three marital/cohabitation statuses: current/formerly in same-sex RDPs; current/formerly heterosexually married; or never married/registered.
The estimated age-adjusted suicide mortality risk for RDP men was nearly eight times greater than for men with positive histories of heterosexual marriage and nearly twice as high for men who had never married. They conclude that suicide risk appears greatly elevated for men in same-sex partnerships in Denmark.
These findings are significant for several reasons:
1. Denmark is not in general a ‘homophobic’ society so it is unlikely that ‘discrimination’ is the main cause.
2. They are based on 12 years of data not 1 or 2.
3. They are similar to a 2016 Swedish study by Andersson et al which showed that men in same sex marriages had an nearly 3x elevated risk of suicide.
Therefore the statement that same sex marriage is innocuous and will ‘do no harm’ is not supported by the available research from SEPARATE COUNTRIES that have had same sex unions for 2 decades.
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