In this video, I take a look at a recently published study claiming that the legalization of same sex marriage has decreased the rate of reported LGBT suicide attempts in those states by a national average of 7%.
While I do hope that this study turns out to be valid, there are many flaws that I noticed in the initial reading of the full study.
Mainly that a 7% decrease in REPORTED suicide attempts does not mean that there were actually fewer attempts. The “stigma” that they frequently mention could easily play a factor into how frequently it is reported, although they never address that in the study.
Also, correlation does NOT equal causation. Because there was a 0.6% decrease in their study in states with same sex marriage, that does not mean that legal same sex marriage was the direct cause of that decrease. There are many factors that they do not consider, which concerns me given how widely this study is already being accepted.
If you find any mistakes I have made, please don't hesitate to correct me or bring those mistakes to my attention; I sincerely hope that I am wrong on my initial analysis of this study, and will continually attempt to debunk myself in the coming weeks.
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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:
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