The other day without thinking I made an off-hand remark about one set of laws for straight people and one set of laws for gay people. I make alot of remarks without thinking.
Here’s a few examples of those differences:
- A day at the beach for a straight couple is simply a day at the beach.Â A day at the beach for us must include a medical power of attorney tucked in a tote just in case.Â I have some heart issues and our fear is that Ricky would not be allowed to speak for me in a medical emergency without some type legal document.
- Ricky’s work often takes him to Europe. I sometimes tag along just to make sure he doesn’t misbehave. Ricky misbehaves alot, which makes it really fun for me to tag along. We occasionally get a family discount when we go to a museum or concert. (European Union Countries don’t go into convulsions when they encounter same gender marriage) We once asked for a family discount in the US and the guy at the admissions booth looked at us like we each had two heads.
- I could marry some unknown female standing next to me in the license line at the courthouse and she would be instantly entitled to all my social security survivor benefits should I drop dead right after signing said license. Ricky is entitled to zero social security survivor benefits. I am entitled to zero social security survivor benefits.
- Likewise with company sponsored health insurance. As long as this unknown woman and I have our names on that license from the state, she’s entitled to be on my family insurance policy. My employer provides domestic partner benefits; Ricky’s does not. We must not only inquire as to IF a prospective employer provides health coverage, we must inquire as to specifically what type, and if our partner would be covered. And if our partner should happen to be covered, the Federal Government would ensure heÂ pays tax on that health insurance benefit.
- Straight couples have an automatic right of property transfer upon the death of one, as long as they’ve purchased a license from the state. To ensure a reasonably seamless property transfer upon one of our deaths,Â Ricky and I must have a somewhat expensive and moderately complicated joint trust which owns our assets of any significant value.
- One of the many cool things about TurboTax is that with one click of the mouse, you can determine the difference in tax liability between single and married. Since the state won’t sell us one of those licenses, we pay and additional ten to twelve thousand dollars per year in taxes.
Today’s Gay Agenda: Keep making noise until the state agrees to sell one of those (marriage) licenses to Ricky and me so we can quit dragging this briefcase full of legal documents everywhere we go.