November 2008


A Day Without A Gay:

I was searching through facebook today and spotted the event, A Day Without Gays.  On Wednesday, December 10, people nationwide are supposed to boycott and strike the injustice that gays deal with everyday.  They are asking for people to “call in gay” to work, not to buy anything or spend money and to participate in their local communities.  The facebook event is accessible to all and I urge you to join!

                    Facebook Event

“A nationwide Strike and Boycott in support of Marriage as a Right for ALL Americans”

 

 

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YES! to same-sex marriage

YES! to same-sex marriage

One of the many reasons same-sex marriage should be legalized in the United States is because marriage comes a lot of benefits.  Homosexuals, even in Connecticut and Massachusetts do not gain the legal benefits that every other American has the option to attain through marriage.  Some of the benefits heterosexual marriages include are:
  1. Right to many of ex- or late spouse’s benefits, including:
  • Social Security pension
  • survivor benefits for federal employees
  • continuation of employer-sponsored health benefits
  • renewal and termination rights to spouse’s copyrights on death of spouse
  • payment of wages and workers compensation benefits after worker death

2.  Right to benefits while married:

  • sponsor husband/wife for immigration benefits

3.  Larger benefits under some programs if married, including:

  • veteran’s disability
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • medicaid
  • income tax deductions, credits, rates exemption, and estimates

4.   Joint and family-related rights:

  • joint filing of bankruptcy permitted
  • joint parenting rights, such as access to children’s school records
  • family visitation rights for the spouse and non-biological children, such as to visit a spouse in a hospital or prison
  • next-of-kin status for emergency medical decisions or filing wrongful death claims
  • custodial rights to children, shared property, child support, and alimony after divorce
  • domestic violence intervention
  • access to “family only” services, such as reduced rate memberships to clubs & organizations or residency in certain neighborhoods
  • Tax-free transfer of property between spouses (including on death) and exemption from “due-on-sale” clauses.
  • special consideration to spouses of citizens and resident aliens
  • domestic violence protection orders
  • existing homestead lease continuation of rights
  • regulation of condominium sales to owner-occupants exemption
  • funeral and bereavement leave
  • joint adoption and foster care
  • joint tax filing
  • insurance licenses, coverage, eligibility, and benefits organization of mutual benefits society
  • legal status with stepchildren
  • making spousal medical decisions
  • permission to make funeral arrangements for a deceased spouse, including burial or cremation
  • right of survivor-ship of custodial trust
  • right to change surname upon marriage
  • right to enter into prenuptial agreement
  • right to inheritance of property
  • spousal privilege in court cases (the marital confidences privilege and the spousal testimonial privilege)

As you can see, there are numerous rights presented to married couples that benefit them tremendously, especially in the economic world today.  It is not fair that some citizens of the United States can attain these rights while others cannot. In order for equality between all men and women, same-sex marriage must be legalized so they can receive the same benefits as heterosexual married couples.

                 Rights and Responsibilities of American Marriages

 

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Massachusetts does!

On May 17, 2004 Massachusetts became the first state (and the 6th in the world!) to legalize same-sex marriage.  The first year found more than 8,100 gay and lesbian marriages and 36,000 are now married each year.  It was an exciting time for many in LGBT community and it set the stage for legalization to come in other states.

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Connecticut does!

Just five days ago, November 12, 2008, Connecticut joined Massachusetts and legalized same-sex marriage.  In 2005 they had legalized civil unions for homosexuals but it was challenged in the state’s courts because it failed to give them full rights stated in the equal protection clause. 

California does?

Originally, California was the 2nd state to legalize same-sex marriage, however after the recent election, it is no longer legal.  Proposition 8 was introduced to the legislature to ban same-sex marriages and amend the homosexual marriages from the state Constitution. Unfortunately it passed and we have taken a step back in the struggles for freedom.

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This blog is meant to educate students of Miami University about same-sex marriage and the denial of homosexual’s legal rights.  Same-sex marriage is just how it sounds, the marriage between two people of the same sex, whether it be two men or two women.  According to dictionary.com, marriage is, “the social institution under which a man and woman establish their decision to live as husband and wife by legal commitments, religious ceremonies, etc.”  Thus, we are forced to verify between marriage and same-sex marriage because of the distinction of “man and woman”.  It is stated in the Constitution of the United States that all men are created equal, and even if that does not include women, two men are created equal, thus making them have equal rights.  If one of those men chooses to marry a woman, it is his right as an American citizen.  If the other chooses to marry a man, it is his right as well because they were created equal.

It is your decision whether to agree with same-sex marriage or not, but I urge you to look at the facts and to make an informative decision.  There are many pros for homosexuals if it is legalized and no cons that could effect you, so please become informed!