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Research in America has revealed a decline in suicide attempts by GLBTQI students since gay marriage was introduced in their states.
Over 16 years, states that adopted laws allowing same-sex marriage saw an immediate decline in suicide attempts by gay, lesbian and bisexual high school students, a group in which attempted suicide is two to seven times more common than among their heterosexual peers.
In the year following any state’s adoption of marriage equality, rates of attempted suicide among such high schoolers in that state fell 14% below that group’s rate of suicide attempts in states that had not changed their policies on gay marriage.
From 1999 to 2015, same-sex marriage being legalised meant 134,000 fewer adolescents attempted suicide.