Andersson et al analysed Sweden’s data bases and identified 6456 same sex married men and women compared to 1,118,723 people in opposite sex marriages. As Sweden legalised registered partnerships in 1995 and same sex marriage in 2009, they selected all newly married or partnered couples between 01.01.96 to 31.12.09 and followed them with regard to suicide until 31.12.11. Statistical analysis showed that men in same sex marriages were at 2.895x greater risk of suicide even after controlling for HIV status. Women in same sex marriages were at 2.5x greater risk of suicide.
Their conclusion attacks the popular notion that the reason for suicide is discrimination and homophobia. They state: ‘even in a country with a comparatively tolerant climate regarding homosexuality such as Sweden, same-sex married individuals evidence a higher risk for suicide than other married individuals.
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