May 29, 2013 at 3:40 pm EDT | by Staff reports
Marriage bans take psychological toll
National Institute of Health, Gay News, Washington Blade

National Institute of Health. (Image public domain)

WASHINGTON — LGBT residents of states that have constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage have higher rates of psychological disorders than their counterparts in other states, new analysis of research from the National Institutes of Health found according to a report last week in Think Progress.

Researchers found that LGB residents in 13 states that banned same-sex marriage had a 37 percent increase in mood disorders, a 42 percent increase in alcohol-use disorders and a 248 percent increase in overall anxiety disorders, researchers reported to Think Progress.

Rates of these disorders being reported also spiked dramatically — from 2.7 to 9.4 percent after the amendments passed, the article said.

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