Legal Protection for Same Sex Couples

Written by Johnette Duff

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The marriage contract from any state comes with built-in advantages and disadvantages. Married couples are bestowed with automatic inheritance rights. They enjoyrepparttar right to sue for loss of consortium if a third party injures their spouse, denying them services and companionship. Because a married couples has rights, they cannot be denied hospital visitation orrepparttar 132525 right to make medical decisions for each other. Employers often offer medical coverage and benefits to spouses of employees. Why should same-sex couples be denied these benefits? Couples who live together do have flexibility to create their own rights and duties vis-a-vis each other. A same-sex couple can execute wills, written cohabitation agreements, durable powers of attorney for health care (giving a partnerrepparttar 132526 right to hospital visitation andrepparttar 132527 right to make medical decisions inrepparttar 132528 event of an emergency) and, with careful financial awareness, create many ofrepparttar 132529 advantages of marriage.

The question of medical insurance and benefits should be balanced againstrepparttar 132530 “marriage penalty tax,” which still exists. The denial ofrepparttar 132531 choice to same-sex couples, however, isrepparttar 132532 true discrimination. Same-sex couples should haverepparttar 132533 option of forming a legal relationship underrepparttar 132534 law, no matter what title it is given.

Johnette Duff is the author of The Spousal Equivalent Handbook, The Marriage Handbook and Love After 50. Nationally, she has appeared on Today, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning and in The Wall Street Journal, Self, Smart Money, New Woman and Modern Maturity promoting information on love and the law. Ms. Duff has recently opened a web site titled, love and the law.

Congratulations--You're Human!

Written by Maya Talisman Frost

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But guess what? It isn't necessarily our brain chemistry that needs attention. It's our lifestyles, our choices, andrepparttar fact that we are ignoringrepparttar 132523 major issues in our lives.

Here's a thought: look at your feelings of disconnection as a welcome warning sign. Feel grateful that you are astute enough to notice!

Celebraterepparttar 132524 fact that you have paid attention. It's easy to ignore, to mask, or to medicate these signs of imbalance. If you choose to acknowledge your feelings, you are WAY ahead ofrepparttar 132525 game.

Excellent humans use their MINDS. Use yours. Follow your own life philosophy as a road map to excellence.

It's your duty--and your privilege--as a thinker.

Maya Talisman Frost is a mind masseuse. As a teacher, facilitator and mediator, she has been helping others engage their formidable frontal lobes since 1983. Her popular course, "Massage Your Mind!: Defining Your Life Philosophy", has inspired thinkers in over 60 countries around the world. Her free weekly e-zine, the Friday Mind Massage, is designed to ease you into a thoughtful weekend. To subscribe, visit today. Thanks for thinking!

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