(Stephen U.S. 36y.o. – self described Independent): Though some may view President Obama’s open support of gay marriage as political suicide, others might have the idea that it was a tactical move to garner more votes.
Rather than go into a long, long essay of my beliefs in support or opposition of gay marriage, I would like to educate others on the possible reasons that same sex partners want to get married.
One of these may be that they can finally be afforded the rights and liberties of every citizen of the U.S. in that their partnership/union will be recognized. Isn’t it fair for all citizens to be treated fairly under the law? It is hard enough living a life in secrecy but to be able to have your government recognize you and extend the freedoms of the consitution may be an important feeling of belonging/fairness.
Another benefit that could be considered would be tax benefits married couples receive compared to single income earners. Two married people could effectively lower their tax liability if their combined income is considered as a joint return rather than a single tax filer. Furthermore, they would be able to access a broad range of tax savings in marriage credits, dependants, etc..
Finally, married couples could essentially gain access to their spouse’s health insurance coverage. For example, take one person who is working for a large financial firm that affords great medical insurance benefits while another person works for a small company that does not provide medical insurance. If they were married and the state they are living in recognizes same sex marriage, the person who currently does not have health coverage would then be eligible to gain medical coverage under his/her partners medical insurance.
On a personal note, I have been educated from early on in my life that same sex marriage was wrong or immoral. However, I have changed my views in that I strongly believe all citizens should be afforded the same rights and liberties of the citizens in the country regardless of race, age, gender, or sexual preference.