Now, imagine if tomorrow, Congress enacted a law denying Jews the right to raise children together in a legally protected relationship. Or if by act of law, African-American couples who had lived together for years would no longer be permitted joint filing of tax returns, joint policies for their home, health or auto insurance. Of course, this is a daily reality for millions of homosexual Americans. While it may not be readily apparent, marriage comes with a host of legal rights (1,049 to be exact) ranging from the ability to collect Social Security survivor’s benefits to the right not to have to testify against a spouse in court. Homosexual couples with the economic means can contract for some of the privileges and protections of marriage through wills, living wills, health care proxies and powers of attorney. But even the wealthiest of couples can still only contract for a handful of the rights associated with marriage. So for instance, they could not contract for tax exemptions or the right to conjugal visits with a spouse in prison. Additionally, the documents are expensive, and must be custom-tailored to meet the specific circumstances of an individual couple. Denying homosexuals the right to marry impacts poor and working class Americans the hardest.
All of the research to date has reached the same conclusion about homosexual