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Health may be harmed by gay-marriage bans

SAN FRANCISCO, March 1 (UPI) -- The inability to be legally married may have a negative mental effect on homosexual couples' health.

A policy paper from the National Sexuality Resource Center at San Francisco State University called for legal protection for gay and lesbian couples as a way to stave off these effects.

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The added stress may come from the restrictions placed on their relationships, such as healthcare coverage, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Other stress comes from the added requirements placed on these couples compared to straight married couples.

Michael Olich, an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University, said there is stress around issues like "property rights, post-death rights of access and ownership," such as health-care power of attorney.

He said it causes insecurity between the homosexual couple unable to be married and the community they live in.

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