See Statistics on the percentage of the population that are homosexual and lesbian. The views expressed in this article are those of the author alone and not the World Economic Forum. For example, lesbian — and especially bisexual — women are more likely to be overweight than heterosexual women. Associate Professor Gray said discrimination of any kind is damaging to children's emotional wellbeing and development. Children and adolescents with same-sex parents are "doing well", researchers said, despite the discrimination that their families endure. Other studies more specific to marriage bans report that lesbians and gay men living in states where such bans were implemented had increased rates of mood and anxiety disorders, compared with lesbians and gay men living in states without constitutional amendments. But, it argued that depriving lesbians and gay men the tangible and intangible benefits of marriage is not only an act of discrimination — it also:
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Harm is a relative term. Opponents of same-sex marriage often argue that children raised in same-sex households perform worse on a variety of life outcome measures when compared to those raised in a heterosexual household. It is discrimination, not same-sex parents, that harms children, according to a leading group of Australian paediatricians.
Married heterosexuals were less distressed than either of these groups.