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Same sex marriage laws associated with drop in suicide rates among high school students, Hopkins study finds

Same sex marriage laws associated with drop in suicide rates among high school students, Hopkins study finds

States that legalized same-sex marriage before it became federal law two years ago saw a sharp decline in suicide attempts by high school students, according to an analysis by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The researchers compared the suicide rates of 32 states that passed the laws with states that didn't implement the policies. They found a 7 percent drop, or 134,000 fewer suicide attempts per year, in states with same-sex marriage laws, while those without them saw little change in suicide attempts.

The results were published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

The data offers a glimpse into the way public policy can affect...

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