Same-sex marriage linked with 7% drop in US teen suicide attempts

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The rate of suicide attempts among US high school teens dropped in states which implemented same-sex marriage laws, a study has found.

About 29% of gay, lesbian, and bisexual high school students reported at least one suicide attempt in the 12 months before answering the survey - compared with just 6% of heterosexual teens.

The report's author, Julia Raifman, said the drop-off in suicide attempts, particularly among lesbian, gay, and bisexual teens, was interesting because "high school students are unlikely to marry in the immediate future - so that suggests that it's not a direct benefit from marriage."

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