Essay about Reasons For Legalizing Same Sex Marriage

731 Words Dec 13th, 2015 3 Pages
One of the various reasons to argue for legalizing same-sex marriage is that gay marriage bans cause mental stress for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people, which in turn negatively impacts physical and mental health. Christopher Munsey mentions in his article “Psychology’s case for same-sex marriage” that doctor Ilan Meyer of Columbia University says, “The experience of living with stigma, always being vigilant and constantly needing to conceal your “authentic self” from disapproval and even violence exacerbates the pressures that everyone feels in daily life” (46). This suggests that by banning same-sex marriage, different amounts of social pressure are being pushed onto same-sex couples. On top of marriage rights being denied, homophobia and discriminatory practices still run rampant in certain places in the states, worsening the situations that same-sex couples already have to go through. In his article “Bans Of Same-Sex Marriage Can Take a Psychological Toll,” Shankar Vedantam quotes an associate professor of the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University, Mark Hatzenbuehler, saying that “[after the wave of state bans on gay marriage in 2004 and 2005,] lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals who lived in the states that banned same-sex marriage experienced a significant increase in psychiatric disorders.” He also stated that there was a “37 percent increase in mood disorders, a 42 percent in alcohol-use disorders, and … a 248 percent increase in generalized…

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