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Rights and Protections Denied Same-Sex Partners Because same-sex couples are denied the right to marry, same-sex couples and their families are denied access to the more than 1,138 federal rights, protections and responsibilities automatically granted to married heterosexual couples. Among those are: - The right to make decisions on a partner's behalf in a medical emergency. Specifically, the states generally provide that spouses automatically assume this right in an emergency. If an individual is unmarried, the legal "next of kin" automatically assumes this right. This means, for example, that a gay man with a life partner of many years may be forced to accept the financial and medical decisions of a sibling or parent with whom he may have a distant or even hostile relationship. - The right to take up to 12 weeks of leave from work to care for a seriously ill partner or parent of a partner. The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 permits individuals to take such leave to care for ill spouses, children and parents but not a partner or a partner's parents. - The right to petition for same-sex partners to immigrate. - The right to assume parenting rights and responsibilities when children are brought into a family through birth, adoption, surrogacy or other means. For example, in most states, there is no law providing a noncustodial, nonbiological or nonadoptive parent's right to visit a child - or responsibility to provide financial support for that child - in the event of a breakup. - The right to share equitably all jointly held property and debt in the event of a breakup, since there are no laws that cover the dissolution of domestic partnerships. - Family-related Social security benefits, income and estate tax benefits, disability benefits, family-related military and veterans benefits and other important benefits. - The right to inherit property from a partner in the absence of a will. - The right to purchase continued health coverage for a domestic partner after the loss of a job. Such inequities impose added costs on these families, such as increased health insurance premiums, higher tax burdens and the absence of pension benefits or Social Security benefits in the event of a partner's death. Some same-sex and transgender families consult attorneys to draw up legal documents such as powers of attorney, co-parenting agreements and wills, that will at least permit them to declare who they wish to make health care and financial decisions for them if they become incapacitated; how they wish to share parenting responsibilities or, in the event of a breakup, custody of a child; and what they want to happen to their property when they die. However, these are not a substitute for legal protection under law and cannot provide the broad range of benefits and protections provided by law. @JasonK This is not really "my" argument. This is something that I got from a website, but it's entirely true. @libsticker We're not talking about luxuries here. We're talking about giving same-sex couples the same decency that we give everyone else. I doubt you even read any of it. @RLP It's easy to say "so" when you're not the one affected, isn't it? It's easy for you to dismiss a human being when you have no compassion for that human being isn't it? You're making yourself sound like a very wicked person right now. Imagine if you said to me: My husband is dying and the goverment is giving me no right to make medical decisions for him. Instead they're giving it to his family who were never even there for him. And I say, "so?" I met the love of my life overseas but our governments keep us apart. "So?" Me and my partner are splitting up, but there is no law that will give me my fair share of the property we owned together. "So?" You're an evil witch to me. You can disagree, but the attitude of complete disregard that you take while disagreeing with me makes you seem like inhumane b***h. @ Jason K I think it's about time you get it through your head that the legalization of gay marriage does not force any church to marry anyone it doesn't want to and that it prevents no one from practicing his/her religion. Give me one, just one example, in the UNITED STATES where any church was forced to marry a same-sex couple. If that's the case, I also support a law that says that no church can be forced to marry a same-sex couple to pass alongside the legalization of gay marriage. Gay marriage CAN be legal without forcing churches to perform them. We can pass the laws for both. You're the only one that WANTS to make it impossible.

Asked By: Cons, u kno u like it. - 6/16/2010
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SO? Just because people want things doesn't mean you get them. I want a yacht. It is very unfair I can't have one. I went to the yacht club and they wouldn't let me join without a boat. That's descrimination. Make a will if it's that important to you.
Answered By: RLP - 6/16/2010
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I'm not against gay marriage because of homosexuality. If people are gay, it doesn't matter to me. Let 'em be gay. I'm against it because of what allowing it could open the door for. Already pedophile lobbiest groups are trying to use homosexuality as a platform for their perverted "lifestyle." You can google this and... More
Answered By: SinDelle Morte - 6/16/2010
 
Government is really "Big Business" and the reason these rights are denied. Big Business is behind the opposition to all these.
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Answered By: robert a - 6/16/2010
 
I think it took you way too many words to make your argument... More
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Answered By: Jason K - 6/16/2010
 
I am with RLP. I want a Yacht too, a big one, quit discriminating against us Yacht wanters.
Answered By: libsticker - 6/16/2010
 
I am in total agreement with you. Same-sex couples should have equal rights as heterosexual married couples if the law forbids marriage... More
Answered By: Flower - 6/17/2010
 
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