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Marriage Equality

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Robert Dyer

on 5 April 2013

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Transcript of Marriage Equality

Marriage Equality Marriage In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, or of any ruling, regulation, or interpretation of the various administrative bureaus and agencies of the United States, the word “marriage” means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word “spouse” refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife. There are 1,138 federal rights, protections and responsibilities granted to married couples Some Include:
Social Security benefits upon death, disability or retirement of spouse, as well as benefits for minor children.
Family and Medical Leave protections to care for a new child or a sick or injured family member
Workers' Compensation protections for the family of a worker injured on the job
Access to COBRA insurance benefits so the family doesn't lose health insurance when one spouse is laid off
ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) protections such as the ability to leave a pension, other than Social Security, to your spouse
Exemptions from penalties on IRA and pension rollovers
Exemptions from estate taxes when a spouse dies
Exemptions from federal income taxes on spouse's health insurance
The right to visit a sick or injured loved one, have a say in life and death matters during hospitalization. Civil Union A form of relationship recognition that gives same-sex couples access to the state-level rights and responsibilities of marriage (though not federal rights)Not all states provide Civil Unions and more do not except civil unions from other statesStates that allow Civil Unions/Civil Marriages; Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, Washington and Washington D.C. http://gregstoll.dyndns.org/marriagemap/#year=2013-6 DOMA (Defense Against Marriage Act) The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) singles out lawfully married same-sex couples for unequal treatment under federal law.
Its does so in two main ways
By allowing other states to refuse to recognize valid civil union of same-sex couples
By removing all same-sex couples out of all federal statutes, regulation and rulings that all married peoples are in. For example, legally married same-sex couples cannot:
File their taxes jointly
Take unpaid leave to care for a sick or injured spouse
Receive spousal, mother’s and father’s, or surviving spouse benefits under Social Security
Receive equal family health and pension benefits as federal civilian employees http://supremecourt.c-span.org/Press.aspx http://www.freedomtomarry.org/pages/live-blog-marriage-at-the-supreme-court http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/1/7http://www.now.org/issues/marriage/marriage_unions.htmlhttp://statesthatallowgaymarriage.com/
Fight Against Prop 8 & DOMA Supreme Court DOMA Argument
18.15, 21.42 On Tuesday, the Court will hear oral arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the challenge to California's Proposition 8, and on Wednesday, the Court will hear oral arguments in Windsor v. United States, the challenge to the so-called Defense of Marriage Act.
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