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J Epidemiol Community Health 60:188-191 doi:10.1136/jech.2005.040410
  • Continuing professional education

What same sex civil partnerships may mean for health

  1. Michael King1,
  2. Annie Bartlett2
  1. 1Primary Care Psychiatry, Royal Free and University College Medical School, University College London, London, UK
  2. 2Department of Mental Health, St George’s Hospital Medical School, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Professor M King
 Primary Care Psychiatry, Royal Free and University College Medical School, University College London, Hampstead Campus, Rowland Hill Street, London NW3 2PF, UK; m.king{at}medsch.ucl.ac.uk
  • Accepted 18 October 2005

Abstract

A growing number of countries have introduced a form of marriage or civil partnership registration for same sex couples. Marriage confers health benefits on heterosexual men and women and similar benefits could arise from same sex civil unions. The authors argue that legal and social recognition of same sex relationships may reduce discrimination, increase the stability of same sex relationships, and lead to better physical and mental health for gay and lesbian people.

Footnotes

  • Funding: none.

  • Competing interests: none declared