A study published in the JAMA Pediatrics has linked changes in the marriage laws with teen suicide attempts amongst LGBT teens.
The study has surveyed nearly one million American youth from 1999 to 2015. Researched from Johns Hopkins University and Harvard University have examined a link between reported suicide attempts amongst LGBT teens and the changes to marriage laws in their respective states.
Specific statistical tools, in order to compare the changes, were utilized where numerous factors are affecting suicide rates. These factors include, for example, poverty and substance abuse.
In the year after the passage of marriage equality researcher found that a state presented a 14% decrease in suicide attempts amongst gay, lesbian, bisexual, and questioning youth. This has translated to a decrease of 134 000 less teen suicide attempts per year, across the country.
The hypothesis is that LGBT and questioning youth are seeing and interpreting the adoption of marriage equality as a sign of acceptance.
(Information sourced from LGBTQNation.com)