We won marriage equality with a sweeping decision affirming the dignity and worth of LGBT people.
It's never been about "just marriage" — and a new report in the Pediatrics Journal of the American Medical Association makes that point again. Data across the nation shows that equal rights to marriage are "associated each year with more than 134,000 fewer adolescents attempting suicide" and that "[t]he effect of that reduction was concentrated among adolescents who were sexual minorities."
Each year of justice corresponds to about 134,000 young people who are safely with us, rather than attempting suicide.
Suicide remains the second leading cause of death in young people 15 to 24. Using data compiled from 1999 through 2015, Julia Raifman of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore and her coauthors analyzed changes in rates of suicide attempts among public high school students before and after marriage equality reached 32 states. They compared suicide attempts in 15 states that still discriminated. In states with marriage equality, thousands more young people turned away from suicide.