Lecture 23 - 03:04 WhatsatStake Materialconcerns...

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03:04 What’s at Stake? Gay marriage debate is complex and acrimonious No consensus among participants about what’s at stake Material concerns? Moral concerns? Symbolic concerns? We’ll start with material concerns and revisit others later Rights and Benefits Conferred by Marriage Marital status factors into more than 1000 federal statutes Several hundred benefits (exact number in dispute) accrue to married individuals,  including Spousal Medicare and Social Security benefits Tax benefits Access to employer health insurance Anti-discrimination statutes Housing Immigration privileges Inheritance  Visitation, decision making, and custody for the infirm 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
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Decision making in health care, education, upbringing Physical housing, clothing, and feeding Is Marriage Necessary for Rights? Marriage is a fast way to acquire rights Confers all marital rights and obligations at once Difficult for gay and lesbian couples Few states allow gay marriage
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