A longtime reader of the conservative press (and now the web), I have long been familiar with research showing that married people are healthier and live longer. I’d always wondered if that held true for same-sex couples–and if there were any research to that effect.
Well, it turns out it does and there is. At his blog Queertown, Patrick Range McDonald alerts us to just such a study, a recent report by the “the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association . . . that didn’t get much play in the press.” Wonder why that is, given that its results show that gay marriage promotes physical and mental wellbeing.
I’m delighted this report cites some social conservative defenders of traditional marriage, including Linda Waite and Maggie Gallagher’s The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially. Looks like I’m not the only one who thinks gay marriage advocates can learn from social conservatives.
According to the report:
Married individuals report more emotional support and are more likely to have a close confidant than the unmarried. Emotional support is directly associated with health and wellbeing and provides protection against the negative health consequences of stress.
Finally, someone making a positive case for gay marriage during this political season. I wonder why this hasn’t much play in the press. It’s particularly relevant to an issue on the fall ballot; it helps us understand why marriage is a defining institution of society.
More advocates of gay marriage should do as the authors of this report have done–and consider the social conservative defense of traditional marriage. Kudos to them for treating gay marriage as more than a gimmick in the campaign for “equality,” but instead as an meaningful institution which benefits those who undertake its obligations.
Now if only more people would pay attention.