Federal marriage benefits? Not for everyone

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  • aislander Anderson Island, WA
    July 1, 2013 4:23 p.m.

    I am grateful for this article. Hopefully it might enlighten a few nay-sayers out there.

    As QuerqusQate points out, same-sex couples are well aware of the costs and responsibilities of Federal recognition of our marriages as well as the benefits. So many of the anti-folks seem to think that recognition comes only with a gravy train of benefits, and we're only in it for the money. Far from it.

    In addition to issues mentioned in the article, I fail to understand why conservatives don't support gay marriage because why wouldn't they want us to commit to support each other for life financially and otherwise? Why wouldn't they want our children to have the protections and dignity that can only come from marriage?

    Some wonder why we can only assume that the anti-folks only want to either impose their religious beliefs upon us and OUR churches (MANY denominations DO support marriage equality) OR they are simply motivated by animus.

    No one has yet articulated a reasonable rationale to deny we tax-paying law-abiding gay US citizens equal treatment under civil law that is otherwise, so what else can one conclude?

  • QuercusQate Wasatch Co., UT
    July 1, 2013 8:48 a.m.

    The GLBT community is well aware that there are disadvantages as well as advantages to marriage; many of us were in "traditional" marriages when our religious leaders told us we should marry in order to vanquish our "unnatural" attractions. Utah, of all places, should be aware that their gay community has tasted the fruits of marriage. It's why we have the highest percentage of gay people with children of anywhere in the country.

    We want, at last, to be able to marry a person to whom we are actually physically and emotionally attracted. And yes, marriage comes with benefits AND responsibilities. Thanks for the lecture, sir.