The one thing Obama did right in his presidency was legalize gay marriage. But seriously who is the mother fucking government to decide who can get married. Isn’t that like a religious act. What happend to freedom of religion. HMM
Well, first of all, the President hasn’t legalized same-sex anything (and also, presidents don’t make decisions like that, Congress does). He only came out in support of same-sex marriage.
Now… the motherfucking government does decide who gets marriage, because marriage isn’t just a religious act. Marriage is a legally bonding social contract. Sometimes people have religious wedding ceremonies that go with it, but sometimes people do. That’s separate from the actual reason most people get married, which includes a lot of benefits from the government:
- Giving a husband/wife visitation rights when his/her spouse is incarcerated or hospitalized.
- Giving a husband/wife control over his/her spouse’s affairs when the spouse is incapacitated.
- Establishing the second legal guardian of a parent’s child (joint parenting rights)
- employment assistance and transitional services for spouses of members being separated from military service
- Larger benefits under some programs if married (such as Social Security, disability, Medicaid, property and income taxes, etc.)
- Tax-free transfer of property between spouses (including on death)
- Special consideration to spouses of citizens and resident aliens
- Funeral and bereavement leave
- Joint adoption and foster care
- Joint tax filing
- Spousal privilege in court cases
- For those divorced or widowed, the right to many of the late spouse’s benefits
So yeah, it’s pretty important that the government permits gay couples to get married.
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