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Because the law in California allows gays and lesbians to be married, are they now able to recieve the same benifits as strait married couples?

Asked by witchhazel (143points) June 11th, 2008

I’m so glad that gays and lesbians can get married. That being said, do they have the same rights as far as insurance, medical decisions, benefits, ect. I haven’t heard anything about that. Maybe someone in California knows and can let us/me know. I’m guessing that benifits are another step in the journey to liberty and justice for all.

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ccatron's avatar

i think that’s the whole idea of allowing them to be married…to be recognized as a married couple to receive the same benefits in those states..sorry, i don’t have a resource on that topic…just making an assumption.

AstroChuck's avatar

Except for federal employees, benefits given by employers would be identical.

that1mom's avatar

It’s kind of like ccatron said. That is the whole ooint of letting them actually marry each other. They are a married couple like any other…

witchhazel's avatar

I think the point of letting them get married is because they love each other and want everyone to recognize them as a commited couple. Not everyone is on the band wagon, so I wasn’t sure if there was some small fine print that said you can be recognized as married but that’s as far as it goes.

yetanother's avatar

it isn’t recognized federally so the tax benefits aren’t there…

marinelife's avatar

The California law is that marriage between persons of the same sex is legal. They are then by definition entitled to all of the legal benefits that accrue to married couples.

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