Policy Round Up: Marriage Equality
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This week the Supreme Court heard arguments in cases related to marriage equality. The two cases separately examine Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)— laws that prevent the LGBT community from freely marrying. As this topic gained national attention this week experts offer their opinion on whether or not everyone should have the right to marry.
Monica Gray argues that gay right support should extend marriage equality:
“I think that makes sense in a way. After all, acceptance of gay marriage falls under the wider umbrella of acceptance of all gay citizens, period.This got me thinking about a series of interviews I’d conducted with dozens of gay men at DC’s Capital Pride Parade in 2011. When I asked them, “what’s hard about being a guy, and being gay?” marriage equality was one of a host of issues they raised (but not necessarily the issue).”
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Scot Nakagawa believes that marriage equality only masks deeper problems within society:
“The fundamentally conservative nature of the marriage contract is why, I think, younger conservatives are growing more supportive of same sex marriage. Extending marriage rights to LGBT people does little or nothing to address the structure of oppressive family laws and values in society. It also does very little to change the core of the conservative agenda which is, fundamentally, about power and control.”
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Dana Loesch suggests that it is contradictory for conservatives to disapprove of marriage equality:
“I’ve never understood how anyone who spent the past four-plus years lamenting the size of government could then argue for its increase by inviting it into the discussion of marriage. We complain about government in health care, we complain about government in education, we complain about government regulating soft drink size, but suddenly some of us have no problem with more government in people’s relationships with one another. “
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Laura Clawson shares the opportunities and benefits that marriage equality will provide:
“In fact, there are a lot of benefits and rights hinging on this case. As of 2004 there were 1,138 federal statutes “in which marital status is a factor in determining or receiving benefits, rights, and privileges.” Big-ticket items include widows and widowers being eligible for their spouses’ Social Security benefits, employer-provided spousal health benefits no longer being taxed, medical benefits for the spouses of people in or retired from the military, health insurance for the spouses of federal employees, and the ability to sponsor immigrant spouses for legal status.”
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