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Gay Marriage 10

Gay Marriage 10

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Published by Charles Lamm
full marriage rights for lgbt couples
full marriage rights for lgbt couples

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Published by: Charles Lamm on May 17, 2010
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FullMarriageRightsforLGBTCouplesPersonalandeconomiccommitmentsareatthecoreofmatrimony.Love,honor,obey-andsupport.Atthecoreofthegaymarriageargumentisthelackofequalityalongwithexplicitdiscriminationbasedonsexualpreference.Marriageisblessedbyreligiousceremonieswhereamanandawomanstandinfrontoftheirfamilies,friends,andforbelievers,beforeGod,andproclaimtheirpledgetoeachotherandonlytoeachother.LGBT(lesbian,gay,bisexual,transgender)couplesalsowanttopubliclydeclaretheirpromisefortheidenticalreasonsasstraightcouples-loveandbacking.Formyself,Iamnotsosentimental.Unfortunately,thefederalgovernmentandmoststatesofferexclusive,specialbenefitssolelytomarriedcouplesmadeupofonemanandonewoman.IntheU.S.,marriedcouplesgetmorethan1,300legalandfinancialbenefitsnotofferedtounattachedpersons.That'sjustonthefederallevelwithregardtotaxes,estates,housing,employment,survivor,socialsecurity,andmilitarydependents,amidothers.Oneofthemainflawsofdemocracyismobrule.WehaveprotectionsintheU.S.ConstitutionandtheBillofRightswhicharelaidouttoprotectindividuals,butgovernmentshavefoundwaystobenefitonegroupaboveanotherpredicatedonrace,gender,nationalorigin,orsexualpreference.Inthecaseof1,300+benefitsinfavorofmarriedcouples,thecouplehastobeonemanandonewoman.Allotherpartnersneednotmakeaclaim.ToconfinemarriagerightsandbenefitsonlytooppositegenderpartnersmandatedthepassageoftheDefenseofMarriageAct(DOMA)in1996.Thislawprohibitsthefederalgovernmentfromrecognizinganythingotherthanaoneman-onewomanmarriageandpermitsthestatestopaynoattentiontosame-sexmarriagesperformedinotherstates.Inaone-pagelaw,Congressditched"equalprotection"basedonsexualpreferenceaswellasthe"fullfaithandcredit"clauseoftheU.S.Constitutionwhichrequiresstatestorecognizemarriagesperformedinotherstates.Forexample,whenIwasgrowingupinVirginia,couplestooyoungtomarrywoulddrivetoSouthCarolinatolegallygetmarriedthenreturnhome.Virginiawouldacknowledgethe"underage"marriageaslegallybinding.(Before1967,though,Virginiawouldnotacceptinterracialmarriagesperformedinotherstates.)Mostgaycoupleswanttohavetheircommitmentsrespectedasarecustomarymarriages.Untilsame-sexmarriages,domesticpartnerships,andcivilunionsareacceptedbythefederalgovernment,LGBTandunconventionalfamilieswillhavetorelyonamixtureofaSecureCoupleLLC
andadditionallegaldocumentstosecureevenatinyportionofthe1,300+legalandeconomicbenefitsavailabletomarriedcouples.Visithttp://securecouplellc.comformoreinformationonhowtoconstructyourlifetodeclareyourrelationshipuntilthegeneralpublicandsocietycatchupwithreality.CharlesF.LammisaretiredattorneynowsupportingSecureCoupleLLC-http://www.securecouplellc.com-forcoupleswhocannotorwhochoosenottomarry.

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