Supreme Court to rule on federal benefits for them
No windfall is involved. All this would do is to allow legally-married gay and
lesbian couples, retroactive to the dates their marriages were performed, the
same benefits legally-married straight couples have enjoyed. In other words, it
would allow them the equal protection of the law and put them in the position
they should have been in since their legal marriages were performed. Those
benefits should never have been denied to legally-married couples in the first
The questions of same sex marriage have real world impact on real LGBT
Americans. When the government sets legal benefits to the institution of
marriage, it no longer has a right to discriminate based on the 14th
amendment's equal protection clause. Same sex marriage does not impact
heterosexual couples, and those who would keep it illegal are simply trying to
deny a right to a minority group they do not like. That sort of discrimination
is explicitly prohibited by the Constitution. Plus it's just mean spirited.
Live and let live.