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Published: Friday, Jan. 17 2014 10:05 p.m. MST

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Yorkshire
City, Ut

Tekakaromatagi said "If we are going to let two people of the same gender file joint tax returns because they say that they 'love' one another why can't someone who loves his mother get the same benefits? Joint tax returns, collect his mother's social security benefits when she dies, etc.
Why is the love between two men who are gay so special that it has more importance in our tax code than a child who loves his mother, or a nephew who loves his aunt, or a brother who loves his sister?"

You know, that is a very good question.

I know a lady who could very much benefit from her bachelor brother's retirement benefits.
And a mentally disabled man who could really use his wealthy aunt's.

Bob A. Bohey
Marlborough, MA

Thank the Constitution of the United States of America for the ACLU! Bravo!

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

Bigotry is strong in Utah. Just read these comments.

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

@Russell Spencer;

The supreme court didn't "bench-slap" Justice Shelby. They issued the stay simply to let the issue percolate through the lower courts. Had they issued a "bench-slap", then they would have completely overturned his ruling. They haven't. They won't.

@Yorkshire;

Your lady-friend and her brother, your disabled man and his wealthy aunt already have a legal relationship. Marriage creates a legal relationship where none previously existed.

equal protection
Cedar, UT

Re: "I know a lady who could very much benefit from her bachelor brother's retirement benefits.
And a mentally disabled man who could really use his wealthy aunt's."

They can avail themselves of a right that is considered to be of fundamental import that comes with a choice to marry the one they love, and in some states and countries, that can even be their sexual partner of the same-sex. Sexual orientation, unlike religious belief is considered for the most to be immutable and natural. Therefore, this kind of relationship is called a marriage. Whereas, loving relationships with aunts mothers and siblings are a different kind of non-initmate relationship, that for the most do not involve sexual intimacy.

wrz
Phoenix, AZ

Tekakaromatagi
"If we are going to let two people of the same gender file joint tax returns because they say that they 'love' one another why can't someone who loves his mother get the same benefits?"

They will... that's next once (if) same-sex is approved. Then, to be fair, all other people who love each other, such as polygamists, incest folks, sibs, close relatives, etc., should also get the same benefit accorded those who are married. For example, a 95 year old geezer ready to pass to the next life could marry a ten year old girl (or boy) so that his SS benefits can be passed on to her/him.

"Why is the love between two men who are gay so special that it has more importance in our tax code than a child who loves his mother, or a nephew who loves his aunt, or a brother who loves his sister?"

Right on!! There's alotta benefits that this same sex issue is bringing to the fore. So, thanks to all who are pushing for it.

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