Since I was a child, I could not understand why a certain segment of our population was granted fewer rights than the rest. Aren’t we all Americans?
You mind your business. I’ll mind mine.
As long as no one is harmed by the consensual relationship of two (or three or four) mentally competent adults, then they should be free to do whatever they darn well please.
Needless to say, I love to see my country progressively move in the direction of more equal treatment for its citizens and those who lawfully reside within it. So, when New York joined Connecticut, Iowa, California, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Washington, D.C. in legalizing same-sex marriage, I was ecstatic.
Apparently, so was IBM, Corning, and Raytheon. Before New York legalized same-sex marriage, these corporations generously provided health insurance to the partners of employees in domestic partnerships. Now they’re telling their gay employees, in states where same-sex marriage is legal, to either get married or the health insurance spigot your partner enjoys will be shut off.
Keeping in the swing of things, same sex couples can now use simple tax software to file together, and enjoy the benefits that married couples have had for decades. The efforts of many voices are producing progressive results in terms of shared benefits for same sex couples, which has been long in the making, and ensures that our fellow American gays will have more than they think in future financial decisions.
I think this is awesome. It’s only fair.
When you fight for equal treatment and get it, you gotta take the good with the bad. If you love your partner so much, marry ‘em. Why should you continue receiving a benefit you got because you weren’t allowed to do something when you can now do that thing you weren’t previously allowed to do?
What do you think? Should same-sex couples be required to get married in order for their partner to continue receiving health insurance benefits under the company plan? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.