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Same Sex Marriage Legislation is Saving Teen Lives

Stewart Manning, Executive Editor

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Researches from John Hopkins University have found that LGBTQ high school students experienced a 14% drop in suicide attempts since the landmark ruling for marriage equality was set forth.

The Center for Disease Control lists suicide as the second leading cause of death in people aged 15-24, with the rates of suicide much higher for those in the LGBTQ community. This group often faces discrimination and degradation from conservative and religious communities, which accounts for the higher rate of suicide. However, this legislation passed on June 26th, 2015 appears to have given hope to those who needed it most.

Julia Raifman, one of the co-authors on this study encourages policy makers to pay attention to how their policies will affect the LGBTQ community. It is not unreasonable to believe that anti-LGBTQ policies might have the inverse effect. This idea of how policy affects suicide rates is especially important in our current political situation where the more conservative Republicans currently control the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives. The Republican’s current stance on Gay rights is that gay marriage should not be allowed and continue to support businesses who refuse service to openly gay people.

We all need to watch closely as the next couple of years could create distress in the LGBTQ community.

If you have suicidal thoughts or tendencies or know someone who might, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 and seek help. Things get better, and suicide isn’t the answer.

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