Life is hard. If you're an older gay man though, it might actually be a little harder.
Not only are gay and bisexual men over 50 stressed about aging and their finances, but they've also lost a lot of friends to the AIDS epidemic along the way and have had to deal with discrimination of their sexual orientation their entire life — much of which occurred before homosexuality was as accepted as it is now.
What could make life a little easier for these fellas? Unfortunately, it's the one thing that the majority of the country stubbornly refuses to allow — a healthy marriage!
A study published in the American Journal of Public Health has found having a committed and legally recognized spouse or domestic partner helps alleviate stress.
Richard G. Wright, Ph.D., a Williams Institute scholar, said in a statement:
"This study shines a light on the mental health of a generation of gay men who survived the early years of the AIDS crisis and came of age on the heels of the gay rights movement. Whether legal marriage benefits mental health within same-sex couples in the way it has been proven to benefit different-sex couples deserves much more empirical attention, particularly given that same-sex marriage is not available in most states and was only briefly available in California in 2008."
When will this country wake up and realize that marriage is all about LOVE, not sexual orientation! We know it won't be too much longer, but at the same time, same sex marriage can't come soon enough!
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