Suicide rate has declined in Denmark and Sweden since the legalization of gay marriage

Study shows that, the rate of suicide among people in same-sex relationships have fallen since they legalize gay marriage in Sweden and Denmark.

A joint research by Danish Research Institute for the prevention of Suicide and Stockholm University compared the level of suicide committed by people in same-sex and heterosexual relationships in the periods 1989-2002 and 2003-16. They found out that,the of suicides among people in same-sex relationship has fallen by 46 per cent, while there was a 28 per cent decrease in the number of suicides by people in heterosexual relationships.

Denmark in 1989 was the first country to permit same-sex civil partnerships followed by Sweden. Six years later, Same-sex marriage became legal in Sweden in 2009 and Denmark in 2012.

The study lead author, Annette Erlangsen, told Thomson Reuters Foundation that “Being married is protective against suicide.” She however pointed out the study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, still showed that more than twice as many people in same-sex marriages and relationships commits suicide than those in opposite-sex relationships. “Of course, it is positive to see that the suicide rate has almost halved. But it remains worryingly high, especially considering that the suicide rate may be higher among non-married people,” she said in the Danish newspaper Information.

Furthermore, a 2018 study concluded that homosexual young people are more than three times as likely to commit suicide as their heterosexual peers.