Gay Marriage

Gay Couples Will See Boost to Benefits from Court Ruling

Lots of goodies are attached to marriage licenses


The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn the core of the Defense of Marriage Act will narrow the financial gap between gay and straight couples.

The court's 5-4 decision yesterday that the law violates the U.S. Constitution's equal protection guarantee overturns the Bill Clinton-era law that defined marriage as between a man and a woman.

Gay couples who live in states where they can legally marry will be able to file joint federal tax returns, won't be liable for estate taxes on the death of the first spouse and can receive advantages other married couples have involving health care, retirement savings, Social Security and transfers of property.

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  1. Which is precisely what this was all about to begin with. Burn your rainbow flags and grab your handouts.

  2. And they will also find out that they have to pay more income tax where both spouses have decent incomes.

  3. Divorce lawyers are also going to enjoy an enormous boost in income given how famously promiscuous homosexuals are.

    For every Ellen DeGeneres and Elton John, there are 100,000 Barney Franks and Tom Cruises.

    1. Actually, I’m curious to see how many Gay marriages we end up with. I’d bet that there are a lot of Gay men who won’t be as quick to get married as they were to protest that they couldn’t get married.

      Not that I blame them. Women tend to drive marriage far more than men do, and I doubt being Gay changes that.

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