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.

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