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Old LGBT couples are healthier than singles

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Washington : Turns out, there really is such a thing as wedded bliss as a recent study has detected positive health outcomes among same-sex couples who have tied the knot. For years, studies have linked marriage with happiness among heterosexual couples and now, the University of Washington research is among the first to explore the potential benefits of marriage among LGBT couples.

The researchers found that LGBT participants who were married reported better physical and mental health, more social support and greater financial resources than those who were single. “In the nearly 50 years since Stonewall, same-sex marriage went from being a pipe dream to a legal quagmire to reality and it may be one of the most profound changes to social policy in recent history,” said lead author Jayn Goldsen. About one-fourth were married, another fourth were in a committed relationship, and half were single. Married respondents had spent an average of 23 years together, while those in a committed, unmarried relationship had spent an average of 16 years.

Single LGBT adults were more likely to have a disability; to report lower physical, psychological, social and environmental quality of life; and to have experienced the death of a partner, especially among men.   –ANI