Wrong or Rights? Part Two

By: Jon Hardison
By: Jon Hardison

Most political experts in the Commonwealth will concede that the majority of voters will cast their ballots for or against a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages, based mainly on emotion. But what are the tangible consequences such a ban could have on Kentucky's gay community?

According to the General Accounting Office of Congress, married couples receive almost 1400 legal rights once they leave the altar, but many of those rights are not conveyed to same-sex couples.

Some of those rights include:

  • Joint tax filing
  • Estate planning deductions
  • Eligibility for spouse's health insurance
  • Social security benefits from spouse
  • Eligibility for family rates on home insurance
  • Right to refuse to testify against spouse at trial

Gay rights advocates say whether couples are allowed to marry or not, all unions should be given the same privileges.

Gay marriage and civil union opponents maintain the institution of marriage and its benefits should remain limited to unions involving a man and woman.


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