WHY MY MARRIAGE MATTERS TO ME SO MUCH!
In countries where same-sex marriage is not legal and recognized, gay couples cannot take advantage of the benefits awarded to heterosexual couples when they marry. Unfortunately even though some states have allowed gay marriages, because of DOMA, it’s still not recognized federally.
Here are just a few of the benefits marriage provides!
Assumption of Spouse’s Pension
Automatic Housing Lease Transfer
Crime Victim’s Recovery Benefits
Domestic Violence Protection
Exemption from Property Tax on Partner’s Death
Immunity from Testifying Against Spouse
Joint Adoption and Foster Care
Joint Parenting (Insurance Coverage, School Records)
Medical Decisions on Behalf of Partner
Certain Property Rights
Reduced Rate Memberships
Sick Leave to Care for Partner
Visitation of Partner’s Children
Visitation of Partner in Hospital or Prison
Wrongful Death (Loss of Consort) Benefit
Still think we’re equal?
Just think you and your wife or husband gets all this automatically!
I would have to fight with a lawyer for ALL these things! Pretty Fair Huh?