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Suicide rates among those in same-sex relationships have fallen significantly in both Denmark and Sweden since the legalisation of gay marriage, according to a study, although whatever their marital status, homosexual people remain more likely to take their own life. The joint study by the Danish Research Institute for Suicide Prevention and researchers from Stockholm University compared suicide rates for people in same-sex and heterosexual relationships in the periods and Denmark became the first country in the world to allow same-sex civil partnerships in , with neighbouring Sweden following six years later. Same-sex marriage, now authorised in 28 countries, became legal in Sweden in and Denmark in Annette Erlangsen, the lead author, suggested that along with other gay rights legislation, same-sex marriage may have reduced feelings of social stigmatisation among some homosexual people. But she noted that the study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, still showed that more than twice as many people in same-sex marriages and unions killed themselves than those in opposite-sex marriages. LGBT rights.
Suicide rates fall after gay marriage legalised in Sweden and Denmark
Same-sex marriage in Sweden has been legal since 1 May , following the adoption of a new gender-neutral law on marriage by the Swedish Parliament on 1 April Existing registered partnerships remain in force and can be converted to a marriage if the parties so desire, either through a written application or through a formal ceremony. New registered partnerships are no longer able to be entered into and marriage is now the only legally recognized form of union for couples regardless of sex. On 22 October , the governing board of the Church of Sweden , voted —62 in favour of allowing its priests to wed same-sex couples in new gender-neutral church ceremonies,  including the use of the term marriage.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender LGBT rights in Sweden are regarded as some of the most progressive in Europe and in the world. Sweden also became the first country in the world to allow transgender persons to change their legal gender post- sex reassignment surgery in whilst transvestism was declassified as an illness. Being transgender was declassified as a mental illness in , and legislation allowing legal gender changes without hormone replacement therapy and sex reassignment surgery was passed in After allowing same-sex couples to register for partnership benefits in , Sweden became the seventh country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage countrywide in Gay and lesbian couples can petition to adopt since , and lesbian couples have had equal access to IVF and assisted insemination since