Lecture 23 - 03:37 Preview GayMarriage...

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03:37 Preview Gay Marriage Rights conferred by marriage Legal landscape Different in US than other states  Public opinion The future? Who knows… Normative positions HRC vs. FRC Legal vs. functional definitions of the family Allison D. vs. Virginia M. What’s At Stake? Gay marriage debate is complex and acrimonious No consensus among participants about what’s at stake Material concerns: Gays want same rights, privileges and legal obligations  Moral concerns: Gay relationships are religiously sinful – morally wrong Things that gay people do outside of the legal relationship  Play role in pro and con of gay marriage 
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Symbolic concerns: Symbolism of marriage as capstone of adult achievement in the family realm  Symbolic importance on marriage shouldn’t be unattainable for gays  We’ll start with material concerns and revisit others later Rights and Benefits Conferred by Marriage: material  Marital status factors into more than 1000 federal statutes (GAO) Statues that mention marriage  Several hundred benefits (exact number in dispute) accrue to married individuals including: Spousal Medicare and social security benefits only come to married people  1. Can work for wages and pay social security taxes to receive in old age   individual  entitlements Was designed when women were not working (government didn’t want women to work) 2. Can be married to receive Medicare and social security benefits (women don’t work) Tax benefits Filing jointly means lower taxes for married couples  Access to employer health insurance Get health insurance of spouses employer or own individual employer  Anti-discrimination statutes Housing Immigration privileges If marry a foreign national, that person gets the right to immigrate into the US and soon  thereafter, get a work permit  Cant’ do it with a gay partner even in states that accept gay marriage 
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Inheritance Visitation, decision-making, and custody for the infirm In old age, many nursing homes require that decisions made be made by the “next of  kin” in the legal sense be actual kin (mother, son, and affine kin – marriage)   gay  marriage not included  Visitation, decision-making, and custody for children Legal Obligations Entailed in Marriage Legal responsibilities of family members, especially to dependents Care and nurture Financial support Alimony after divorce  Decision-making in health care, education, upbringing
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