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Beyond the Supreme Court: A Guide to Settling Gay Marriage

TooTired Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 1:05 PM
So if two gay men marry, do they have rights to Social Security survivor's benefits? Why or why not?
KevNC Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 1:56 PM
Only state level benefits and only if they do not move to another state which does not recognize gay marriage. There is currently no federal recognition of gay marriage.
FlamingLiberalMultiCulturalist Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 2:36 PM
I thought (& think) that TooTired was asking about the future....

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to tackle two gay marriage issues, those of us looking for some sweeping overall conclusions on the issue should temper our expectations.

The cases to be examined by the high court involve some specifics-- the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, and the range of benefits the federal government should grant in states choosing to recognize gay unions.

Both will necessarily involve some examination of what role the federal government should play in matters of gay marriage, but neither is likely to settle the biggest questions:

What is the proper...