In a Telegraph article titled ‘How gay marriage could reduce HIV and suicide’ I want to highlight the following paragraphs:
“There’s… a lot of evidence that people who are married are… healthier and happier… [and] less likely to engage in high-risk behaviour. Married couples are more likely to stay faithful and to stay together longer as the social value of marriage acts as a “commitment device”.”
“Mental and sexual health problems, high risk behaviour and drug and alcohol abuse continue to be particular issues for gay men in particular.”
“Three per cent of gay men and 5 per cent of bisexual men have attempted suicide, compared to 0.4 per cent of all men. HIV rates have also been on the rise amongst gay men, with 3,100 gay and bisexual men being diagnosed with HIV in 2010 (the highest figure to date). In that year, gay men accounted for 45 per cent of new HIV diagnoses.”
“A traditional conservative view would suggest that extending the institution of marriage could help tackle these issues. As marriage acts as a “commitment device”, encouraging fidelity and discouraging high-risk behaviour, the social incentives of marriage could only be beneficial to gay people. By making clear that gay people are fully equal members of society, equal marriage could also help to reduce the level of alienation felt by some young gay people.”
“David Cameron should be proud to be leading a Government that is introducing this legislation. His stance over equal marriage has been a deeply principled one, which will strengthen marriage and make society fairer.”
I do applaud Cameron, for he did what Thatcher should have done: Instead of endorsing militancy on a virus that may not exist and is certainly not pathogenic, social inclusivity will prove a powerful draw away from itself-immunosuppressive drug use and itself-immunosuppressive cumulative health threats from extant STDs. In other words, health is guaranteed from mending hearts, not the pillaging of the immune system.