The Effects of Legally Recognizing Same-Sex Unions on Health and Well-Being
42 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2011
This Article presents a literature review of empirical studies concerning the ways in which legal recognition of same-sex relationships impacts individuals’ health and well-being. We discuss the studies’ methodologies, findings, limitations, and implications for the debate on reforming marriage laws. The recent research on same-sex couples is consistent with what some legal commentators have previously inferred from earlier research on different-sex couples. Such commentators have inferred that legally recognizing same-sex couples generally improves those couples’ health and well-being by promoting care between the couple and enhancing support for the couple from third parties such as family and friends. By synthesizing and presenting recent research that focuses on same-sex couples directly, this Article helps to bridge the inferential gap.
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