Gay marriage wins, but Maryland's same-sex domestic partners lose
Maryland state employees in a same-sex domestic partnership will soon be unable to include their partner or their partner's children on their health insurance, now that the state has legalized same-sex marriage.
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#1 May 14, 2013
Score one for the good team!
#2 May 14, 2013
The article was not very well written. Further, the context of the article came across as propaganda because it lacked depth and was almost completely one dimensional.
The reason for the Domestic Partners was because Same Gender individuals could not marry each other, now that they can marry each other the reason to have DP's no longer exists.
equality means the good and the bad. Get off the pot and get married already or don't but then don't expect Joe tax payer to subsidized marriage benefits if you are not married.
Since: Jan 10
#3 May 14, 2013
If the state offered domestic partnerships to both gay and straight couples, then left the benefits for straight couples then this would be an issue. But the state is right in this case. We fought for - and won - the right to marriage in the state, eligible for all of the benefits the state offers to married couples.
Benefits for domestic partners was a bandaid fix, but it is no longer needed. With marriage legal, keeping the benefit exclusively for gay domestic partners becomes a special right and needs to be ended. If you want the benefit, get married - the same as any straight couple would have to.
“We are all atheists”
Since: May 11
#4 May 14, 2013
I was thinking along the same lines - that if I am legally able to marry, I won't need the domestic partner status. That is, until I realized that until and unless the federal government (Supreme Court) overturns DOMA, there is a HUGE disincentive to not marry if you are a gay couple. Some benefits come with the state, but others, and usually much larger ones, are part of the federal system.
To me, living in Delaware which just recently passed marriage equality, I am looking forward to the day when I get married (20 years late), but if DOMA does not fall, I will continue to shell out thousands more in federal taxes every year. I can now get married and file a joint return in Delaware, but our state income taxes are probably 10% of what the federal taxes are.
So there is still a very glaring discrepancy in federal law which needs to be rectified before we have comparable equality.
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