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another completely pointless “study” that comes to a conclusion not supported by the study.
if they wanted to compare, it should have been only married heterosexual couples with “shacked up” heterosexual couples, or married gay couples with cohabiting gay couples.
By comparing married straights with unmarried gays they are complicating the issue with completely unrelated issues that gays have to deal with, which straights don’t.
This study makes no sense. What about unmarried hetero couples living together? How can this study make a conclusion without including them?
It’s not supposed to make sense. It’s supposed to give people permission to go on discriminating against a community targeted for hate.
REALLY? This is news? I’m not trying to be too sarcastic, but anyone who knows gay
couples in an LTR know that most DO struggle with issues regarding healthcare.
Specifically, spousal healthcare benefits that hetero couples get through an employer
just for being married. While we’d like to believe that healthcare professionals can
shelve their personal morals when working with a patient, that’s just not the case
when it comes to gay folks. And that really speaks directly to how healthcare is
dispensed today. Think about it. If you don’t have a primary care physician, how
likely are you to share your healthcare needs/concerns/symptoms with a physician who’s a total stranger? Think about the questions a Dr. has to ask when going to diagnose an
SO, many gay folks ignore symptoms out of fear of having to discuss their lifestyle,
again, in the closet or not. That stress CLEARLY manifest’s itself in higher stress
and strained immune system.
I think this is as much about healthcare as it is about the overall “health” of a
person or couple.
just my 2 cents
All of you need to stop, take a deep breath and read the original article again. There have been studies for may of the different possible permutation of couplings. Unmarried hetero couples, married hetero, single hetero, unmarried gay couples, single gays, etc. There are already studies showing: “that married couples enjoy better health than people who are single, divorced or separated,” generally.
This study was the first to look directly at the health effects of being unmarried gay couples vs. married heterosexual couples.
It’s just one data point among all the permutations they could be comparing. Everybody breathe. It’s OK.
This is news because it’s hard data to support our cause. IE: We know married straight couples are healthier than unmarried straight couples. We know that married straight couples are healthier than their unmarried gay counterpart. Regardless of whether unmarried straight couples are healthier or less healthy than unmarried gay couples, this study suggests that there’s an opportunity for increased health benefits simple from opening the institution of marriage to gay couples. Empirically.
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