Marrying Health and Human Rights: How LGBT Health and Population Health Will Improve Because of Marriage Equality | HuffPost

In ruling that the 14th Amendment requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Obergefell vs. Hodges, not only addressed a fundamental issue of equality, but may have unwittingly contributed to improved public health.

Consider the research devoted to the health of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) populations. A growing body of work shows that their health is worse on multiple levels than the health of comparable majority populations. This work reflects a key foundation of public health that I have discussed previously: Context plays an ineluctable role in shaping the health of populations.

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