Luis Duran Cornelio
Marriage equality is a controversial topic well known to most of people.Not because everybody is interested in that topic but because most peoplehave an opinion for or against it, even they are gay or not. Since I have beenin California from May of last year, I have heard about the discussion; shouldmarriage equality be for everyone? The question looks very easy to answer,at least for me. However, my answer, positive or not doesn´t explain by itself why this is so important for a lot of people. I decided to do some researchabout what privileges have married couples in United States. The answerreally surprised me. Marriage offers more than 1,138 Federal benefits andresponsibilities, not including hundreds more offered by every state. I think itis necessary to mention some of the main benefits of marriage because fromthat perspective we could understand why LBGTQ communitiesclaim forMarriage equality. Some of the benefits of Marriage are these:
In times of crisis, spouses have hospital visitation rights and can make medicaldecisions in event of illness or disability of their spouse.
Employers offer spouses sick leave, bereavement leave, access to health insuranceand pension
Married couples in elderly care facilities are generally not separated unless onespouse's health dictates hospitalization or special care.
The dissolution of a marriage requires a determination of property distribution, awardof child custody and support and spousal support. Absent divorce, there is no uniformsystem for sorting out the ending of a relationship.
With marriage, a couple has the right to be treated as an economic unit and to file joint tax returns (and pay the marriage penalty), and obtain joint health, home andauto insurance policies.
After seeing some of the benefits of marriage several questions arriveto our essay. For instance, why are there big movements against same sexmarriage? What are the justifications, if any, against marriage rights foreveryone? Should homosexual couples understand that marriage is a socialarrangement that does not apply to them? Or maybe, should heterosexualcouples see that a social agreement it is not enough to affect the rights of others? My idea to develop this essay is the next one. First, I will bring someof the arguments against marriage equality for everyone. Then, I will make