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all my special rights

here’s a partial list of the 1,049 so-called special rights that come only with true marriage

« i don’t want anything special, just what heterosexual couples have »
« that would be equal, not special »

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accidental death benefit for the surviving spouse of a government employee;
appointment as guardian of a minor;
award of child custody in divorce proceedings;
beneficial owner status of corporate securities;
bill of rights benefits for victims and witnesses;
burial of service member’s dependents;
certificates of occupation;
consent to post-mortem examination;
continuation of rights under existing homestead leases;
control, division, acquisition, and disposition of community property;
criminal injuries compensation;
death benefit for surviving spouse for government employee;
disclosure of vital statistics records;
division of property after dissolution of marriage;
eligibility for housing opportunity allowance program of the housing, finance and development corporation;
exemption from claims of department of human services for social services payments, financial assistance, or burial payments;
exemption from conveyance tax;
exemption from regulation of condominium sales to owner-occupants;
funeral leave for government employees;
homes of totally disabled veterans exempt from property taxes;
income tax deductions, credits, rates exemption, and estimates;
inheritance of land patents;
insurance licenses, coverage, eligibility, and benefits organization of mutual benefits society;
legal status with partner’s children;
making, revoking, and objecting to anatomical gifts;
making partner medical decisions;
nonresident tuition deferential waiver;
notice of guardian ad litem proceedings;
notice of probate proceedings;
payment of wages to a relative of deceased employee;
payment of worker’s compensation benefits after death;
permission to make arrangements for burial or cremation;
proof of business partnership;
public assistance from the department of human services;
qualification at a facility for the elderly;
real property exemption from attachment or execution;
right of survivorship to custodial trust;
right to be notified of parole or escape of inmate;
right to change names;
right to enter into pre-marital agreement;
right to file action for nonsupport;
right to inherit property;
right to purchase leases and cash freehold agreements concerning the management and disposition of public land;
right to sue for tort and death by wrongful act;
right to support after divorce;
right to support from spouse;
rights and proceedings for involuntary hospitalization and treatment;
rights by way of dour or courtesy;
rights to notice, protection, benefits, and inheritance under the uniform probate code;
sole interest in property;
spousal privilege and confidential marriage communications;
spousal immigration benefits;
status of children;
support payments in divorce action;
tax relief for natural disaster losses;
vacation allowance on termination of public employment by death;
veterans’ preference to spouse in public employment;
in vitro fertilization coverage;
waiver of fees for certified copies and searches of vital statistics.


  1. Terri

    Living in the deep south, on a planet called Alabama, I would settle for beng able to go to church holding my partners hand or being able to lean over and give her a kiss in public with out being burned at the stake or stoned to death. Sometimes, we don’t realize the blessings we actually do have.

    Posted on 03-Jul-07 at 4:29 pm | Permalink
  2. Hallie

    It sucks, doesn’t it?

    I have to say, though, that I wouldn’t care where I was; I would hold hys hand wherever I wanted to. That is my choice, whether we are at home, walking down Washington Street or at the high-end St. Elmo’s Steakhouse during the influx of the Southern Baptist convention. It also happened to be Indy Pride so that made it kind of fun. I had one Southern Baptist man give me the death look while blocking my way to the front lobby. I stood there in three inch heels and stared him down. He ended up looking away first and I sashayed past him. 😉

    Posted on 20-Feb-08 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

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