Gay Marriage/ Christian Marriage & Marriage Benefits? You really didn't know!
Another post got me thinking...
When speaking of benefits of marriage, their are so many that we, as heterosexual couples, take for granted everyday. These are compiled of about 400 state benefits and 1000 federal benefits. Here are just a few. Note...this is not nearly a complete list.
status as next-of-kin for hospital visits and medical decisions where one partner is too ill to be competent;
benefits such as annuities, pension plans, Social Security, and Medicare
wrongful death benefits for a surviving partner and children
bereavement or sick leave to care for a partner or child
joint foster care, custody, and visitation (including non-biological parents)
dissolution and divorce protections such as community property and child support
immigration and residency for partners from other countries
inheritance automatically in the absence of a will
joint leases with automatic renewal rights in the event one partner dies or leaves the house or apartment
inheritance of jointly-owned real and personal property through the right of survivorship (which avoids the time and expense and taxes in probate)
spousal exemptions to property tax increases upon the death of one partner who is a co-owner of the home
veterans' discounts on medical care, education, and home loans; joint filing of tax returns
joint filing of customs claims when traveling
decision-making power with respect to whether a deceased partner will be cremated or not and where to bury him or her
crime victims' recovery benefits
domestic violence protection orders
judicial protections and evidentiary immunity
My 15yo son is gay. As of Last month I am President of our local PFLAG Chapter. My voice will make a difference.
KNOWLEGE IS A POWERFUL THING!
Why shouldn't my son and his partner (in the way future, lol) be able to have al these benefits? Keep in mind, he is allowed to join the military and fight for your rights, the very rights that give you the right to vote on his marriage.
STRAIGHT BUT NOT NARROW