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What is Marriage For? The politics of Same-Sex  Marriage Politics Is Gay Marriage Racist? Same-Sex Marriage
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  Currently in the United States, same-sex couples in long-term, committed relationships pay  higher taxes and are denied basic protections and rights granted to married straight couples.  Among them: Hospital visitation  (only overturned in 2011) Married couples have the automatic right to visit each other in  the hospital and make medical decisions. Same-sex couples can  be denied the right to visit a sick or injured loved one in the  hospital.  Social Security benefits.  Married people receive Social Security payments upon the  death of a spouse. Despite paying payroll taxes, gay and lesbian  partners receive no Social Security survivor benefits —  resulting in an average annual income loss of $5,528 upon the  death of a partner. 
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Currently in the United States, same-sex couples in long-term, committed relationships pay  higher taxes and are denied basic protections and rights granted to married straight couples.  Among them: Estate taxes.  A married person automatically inherits all the property of his  or her deceased spouse without paying estate taxes. A gay or  lesbian taxpayer is forced to pay estate taxes on property  inherited from a deceased partner.  Family leave.  Married workers are legally entitled to unpaid leave from their  jobs to care for an ill spouse. Gay and lesbian workers are not  entitled to family leave to care for their partners.  Nursing homes. 
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The argument that civil unions are not  enough It is legally different across state borders Different-sex couples who are eligible to marry may have their  marriage performed in any state and have it recognized in  every other state in the nation and every country in the world. Couples who are joined in a civil union (for example in  Vermont, New Jersey or New Hampshire), have no guarantee  that its protections will travel with them to other states. 
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