Hi everyone!! I'm back with Momversation Mondays! Hard to do them when you have little to no access to the Internet, but I'm back!
Today's topic is a great one for those who have been watching the news on California's Proposition 8 overturn earlier in the month.
Passed in November '08 with a 53.4 percent margin, the ballot banned same sex unions in the state. On August 4th it was ruled unconstitutional.
I've stood on the issue and still stand to this day on giving rights for same sex couples to be married. Why?
I ask you why not? If I was married to a woman how does that hurt your marriage?
Lets separate church and state here. I'm not going to talk about the religious views of gay marriage, but I will say this:
One thing that people need to know under that law no religion will be required to change it's religious policies with regards to same sex couples and no religious officiant will be required to solemnize a marriage in contravention of his or her religious beliefs. So now that the religious aspect is out of the way for me let's move on to the state part of the topic:
Same sex couples are looking for the same rights as heterosexual couples, as well as the benefits that come with marriage.
Some of these benefits are:
- veteran's disability
- income tax deduction, credits, rate exemption and estimates
- joint parenting rights, such as access to children's school records
- family visitation rights for spouses such as to visit a spouse in a hospital or prison
- next-of-kin status for emergency medical decisions or filing wrongful death claims
- custodial rights to children, shared property, child support and alimony after divorce
- tax free transfer of property between spouses
- Court notice of probate proceedings
- Domestic violence protection orders
- Funeral and bereavement leave
- JOINT ADOPTION and FOSTER CARE
- Joint tax filing
- INSURANCE licenses, coverage, eligibility and benefits organization of mutual benefits society
- Legal status with step-children
- Permission to make funeral arrangements for a deceased spouse, including burial or cremation
- Rights of survivorship of custodial trust
- Right to change surname upon marriage
- Right to inherit property
- Spousal privilege in court cases (the marital confidences privilege and the spousal testimonial privilege)
- The right to many of ex- or late spouse's benefits including Social Security pension, veteran's pension, survivor benefits and more.
I'm a big supporter of adoption and having gay marriage will ensure that same-sex couple would be able to adopt jointly and be able to have custodial rights to those said children is important! If something were to happen to a same sex partner, those rights of custody and to inherit joint property would not be valid in a court of law. I've mention this before about a gay man being kicked out of his partner's hospital room because under the law his next of kin status and rights to be in the room do not exist in his state. Is that even right to you?
How would you feel if those rights would be taken away from you?
It seems crazy to me that in 2010 those civil rights are not given to all humans.
Let me know what you think!