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The Benefits of Legal Marriage

The typical married couple receives over 160 benefits and rights by virtue of their union. It seems ironic that a heterosexual couple married for one hour, has more rights and benefits than a same-sex couple that has been together for 30 years. The following is only a sample of some of the rights and benefits provided by legal marriage.

Common Benefits of Marriage

  • Insurance benefits through a spouses employer
  • Insurance discounts offered to married couples and related persons living in same household
  • Government benefits such as Social Security and Medicare
  • Veterans/military benefits offered to spouses (education, medical care, housing loans)
  • Income tax deductions, credits and exemptions
  • Tax relief for natural disaster losses
  • Immigration of foreign partners
  • Witness and court testimony rights
  • Continuation of lease rights (renewal of lease)
  • Community property rights
  • Inheritance rights
  • Payment of wages for deceased partners and workers compensation benefits
  • Right to enter into pre-marital agreement
  • Automatic rights of survivorship
  • Consent to post-mortem examination
  • Right to make burial arrangements
  • Bereavement leave for partner, child, or partner's close relative
  • Family leave to care for partner or child during illness
  • Right to make decisions in medical emergencies ( "next of kin")
  • Visitation rights for partner or child in hospital or other public institutions
  • Custodial rights for a seriously injured partner
  • Right to file a wrongful death suit
  • Tuition discounts/use of facilities
  • Company benefits/perks offered to spouses
  • Commercial discounts/incentives offered only to married couples or families
  • Joint child custody, adoption and foster care rights
  • Equitable division of property, child custody, visitation rights and support in the case of divorce
  • The right to obtain domestic violence protection orders

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