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Married Gay Men Live Longer -- U.S. Supreme Court Should Read Danish Study

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Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 6:00 AM
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So apparently gay married guys live longer than unmarried or divorced men.

That's what Danish researchers recently found after going through decades of statistics, and something conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, and Clarence Thomas should consider when ruling in a few months whether to overturn California's gay marriage ban in Proposition 8.

The justices literally have a life-or-death situation before them -- so they'd better not screw it up!

Researchers Morten Frisch and Jacob Simonsen used Denmark's Civil Registration System to follow 6.5 million adults who lived in Denmark for any period between 1982 and 2011.

Their ground-breaking study was sweeping, and they were able to connect how living arrangements play a part in one's death.

For gay men, getting hitched was clearly a good thing -- their mortality rates were lower than those of unmarried and divorced men.

Hear that guys? Maybe your mother is right, and it's time to settle down and find a husband.

For lesbians, though, something much different was found. In Denmark, at least, women married to women saw an "increased" risk of death, notably from cancer and suicide.

Researchers thought those statistics showed that certain health issues need to be better addressed among lesbians.

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for the Proposition 8 case on March 26. Read up Scalia, Roberts, and Thomas -- and particularly Justice Anthony Kennedy, who's considered the all-important "swing vote."

Contact Patrick Range McDonald at pmcdonald@laweekly.com.

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