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Your Health: 2-27-13 Same-sex couples health

Same-sex couples who live together may have{}the health benefits as that of{}heterosexual married couples.

This is the finding of a new study published in the latest Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

Scientists found the odds of reporting poor or fair health were about 61 percent higher for same-sex cohabiting men than for men in heterosexual marriages.

And the odds of reporting poor or fair health were about 46 percent higher for same-sex cohabiting women than for women in heterosexual marriages.

Michigan State University researchers relied on how people described their health in a survey.

The survey involved nearly 1,700 same-sex cohabiting men and about 1,600 same-sex cohabiting women.

Researchers say, It's not clear why there's a difference.

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