This is due to the laws which state that assets shall be given to the immediate surviving family member(s) (the spouse if there is one) after a person dies. Another privilege opposite-sex married couples take for granted has to do with custody of children.
The majority of the states also passed their own "marriage protection acts." (In November 2004, eleven more U. states amended their constitutions to prohibit same-sex marriage.)In Vermont, after that state's Supreme Court held in 1999 that the state must extend to same- sex couples the same benefits that married couples receive, the legislature in 2000 created the status of "civil union" to fulfill that mandate.
Connecticut adopted a similar civil union law in 2005.
When a same-sex couple has a child together and then separates, we can only hope they separate in a way which is not harmful to the child.
It is irrelevant whether or not it is less healthy for a child to grow up with two parents of the same sex.
The states of Maryland and Washington legalized same-sex marriage by statute in 2012; Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, and Rhode Island did likewise in 2013.
In June 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States invalidated the federal Defense of Marriage Act as an unconstitutional infringement on personal liberty.
We should respect what other people want to do with their lives — whatever makes them happy, as long as it doesn't hurt anyone.
It is unbelievable that there is even a debate about same-sex marriage. It is the year 2004 and we are still having a debate about whether or not we should allow a minority to have equal protection under the law. One of the saddest disadvantages has to do with loved ones getting sick.
These marriages are currently not recognized by the State of California and are being challenged in the courts.
As part of an ongoing effort to present the diversity of political viewpoints found at UC Berkeley, we asked a random sampling of students around campus their opinion of same-sex marriage.