APHA celebrates marriage equality

Date: Jun 26 2015

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APHA celebrates Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality 

Ruling to overturn same-sex marriage bans will improve health outcomes for LGB population

Washington, D.C., June 26, 2015 — The American Public Health Association voiced its strong support today for the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, a ruling that enshrines marriage equality for the LGB population in the U.S. Constitution and all states and territories. APHA has long opposed discrimination based on sexual orientation and proudly led a friend of the court brief in Obergefell. APHA’s brief called on the Supreme Court to extend the health benefits of marriage to all couples and to dispel the structural stigma that negatively affects the health of lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals as a result of unequal marriage laws.

“It’s clear that marriage equality is not just a civil rights issue, but a public health issue as well. By ensuring marriage equality for all, the Supreme Court’s decision will have a positive impact on the health of same-sex couples,” said APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD.

“Research has shown that marriage contributes to better health and longevity. Discriminatory marriage policies are detrimental to the LGB population and contribute to poor health outcomes. No American should be denied the opportunity to attain their highest level of health, and thanks to this ruling, same-sex couples can now enjoy health benefits of marriage equal to those of opposite-sex couples.

“Today’s decision brings the U.S. one step closer to becoming the healthiest nation. We must continue to incorporate health in all policies and work together to eliminate health disparities across the U.S.”

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