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(ABC)   Rhode Island legalizes gay marriage. The six gay people in Rhode Island are reportedly thrilled   (abcnews.go.com) divider line 13
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2013-05-03 12:37:39 PM
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DubyaHater: Frankly, why would anyone want to get married?  My girlfriend now is divorced and stated she's not interested in getting remarried. I'm thrilled.


Why are straight people so completely ignorant of the legal and social benefits of marriage?

/oh that's right - because there are no laws preventing them from getting married
2013-05-03 02:40:37 PM
3 votes:
Those are all great reasons why anyone that wants to should get married.

But...

"Because they want to" should suffice.
2013-05-03 12:51:09 PM
2 votes:

convolvatron: someone's never been to p-town


Provincetown? Massachusetts?
2013-05-03 12:32:38 PM
2 votes:
someone's never been to p-town
2013-05-03 10:51:28 AM
2 votes:
www.jamesbeard.org
2013-05-03 02:31:39 PM
1 votes:
For those asking "what's the point of getting married?"

There are over 1,100 legal benefits and privileges associated with civil marriage-- social security survivor benefits, spousal access to military housing & commissary privileges, lots of tax law, etc. Plus, you can't be made to testify against your spouse in criminal cases, should that ever arise.

Truly, civil marriage will not be equal until the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is overturned, but I think it's clear that's going to happen this year. Things just keep getting better and better!

For those curious about the 1,100+ legal benefits and privileges extended by our government contingent on marital status:

Original 1997 report by GAO:  http://www.gao.gov/archive/1997/og97016.pdf
2004 update:  http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d04353r.pdf

I'm sure the # is higher than 1,100 by now, almost 10 years later...
2013-05-03 01:40:28 PM
1 votes:
ThrobblefootSpectre:It might be worth pointing out to you that you can assign medical surrogate rights to anyone, no need to be married, no need to be kin. All it takes is a free legal form, and a notary public.

In fact, even if you ARE married you still need to legally be a medical surrogate (it's like power of attorney, only for medical issues) for your spouse to make important medical decisions for them. So being married does next to nothing in this example.

same with last will and testament.

/gays should have equal civil rights regardless. Period.
//but many such arguments about the legal benefits of marriage (either gay or hetero, don't care) are weak at best


You should get your money back for that GED in law
2013-05-03 01:34:27 PM
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2013-05-03 01:08:05 PM
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Charlie Chingas: ZeroCorpse: DubyaHater: Frankly, why would anyone want to get married?  My girlfriend now is divorced and stated she's not interested in getting remarried. I'm thrilled.

Next-of-kin rights are really nice. If I end up unconscious in the hospital, I'd like the person I trust the most to make my medical decisions instead of them defaulting to my sister or parents (I love them, but they don't always see eye-to-eye with me on my philosophical ideals). It would be nice if she could visit me in the hospital, too. If I die and my will isn't clear, I'd like my estate to go to my trusted partner by default.

The level of trust and commitment it shows is also pretty nice.

Curious, that your book?


I have no idea what you're saying here. Are you saying you're curious and then asking "Is that your book?"

If   what's my book?

Or are you asking if "curious" is my book?

I'm confused.
2013-05-03 12:55:20 PM
1 votes:

DubyaHater: Frankly, why would anyone want to get married?  My girlfriend now is divorced and stated she's not interested in getting remarried. I'm thrilled.


Next-of-kin rights are really nice. If I end up unconscious in the hospital, I'd like the person I trust the most to make my medical decisions instead of them defaulting to my sister or parents (I love them, but they don't always see eye-to-eye with me on my philosophical ideals). It would be nice if she could visit me in the hospital, too. If I die and my will isn't clear, I'd like my estate to go to my trusted partner by default.

The level of trust and commitment it shows is also pretty nice.
2013-05-03 12:34:00 PM
1 votes:
Ayyyy....there are a LOT more than 6 gay people in RI. Hell, I personally know several dozen I can think of just off the top of my head. Friends, coworkers, hell, even our Congressman (who used to be the Mayor of Providence) is openly gay (Note: He is a horrible, lying, thieving piece of shiat)  Providence is a very gay friendly city.
2013-05-03 12:31:18 PM
1 votes:
Why do I think subby has never been to Rhode Island? Which has double the population of Wyoming.
2013-05-03 11:17:36 AM
1 votes:
The six gay people in Rhode Island are reportedly thrilled

FTFY.
 
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