SSMExam2 - The issue of same-sex marriage and or civil...

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by Jeanann Vierling The issue of same-sex marriage and or civil unions is an issue that a great deal of people feel very passionately about. It has been known to cultivate thoughts of one’s beliefs and morality as well as sociological and ecological concerns. It is important to note that more than 1,138 rights and protections are conferred to U.S. citizens upon marriage by the federal government, according to the U.S. federal government's General Accounting Office (GAO). These rights and protections, or benefits of marriage, are Social Security benefits, veterans' benefits, health insurance coverage, Medicaid access, hospital visitation, estate taxes, retirement savings, pensions, family leave, immigration law, etc. Originally the federal government held the position that any marriage recognized by a state was recognized by the federal government, even if that marriage was not recognized by one or more other states. With the passage of the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, however, a marriage was explicitly defined as a union of one man and one woman for the purposes of federal law. Thus, no act or agency of the U.S. federal government currently recognizes same-sex marriage. Nonetheless, many facets of marriage law
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course SOC 485 taught by Professor Tsushima during the Spring '08 term at Iowa State.

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