Laws Regarding Same Sex Marriages Essay

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Laws Regarding Same-Sex Marriages in Maryland
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Chamberlain College of Nursing: SOCS 350N
Proff. Mogan

Laws Regarding Same-Sex Marriages in Maryland
Custody and Federal Benefits The challenge most same-sex couples face is in getting all the rights they deserve. The biggest hurdle same-sex couples face is the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The DOMA is a federal act defining marriage as the union between a man and a woman. The act does not recognize same-sex unions. The Act provides jurisdiction for individual states to determine whether to legalize or ban same-sex marriage. While individual states continue to make the determination, the protections and privileges vary from state to state. Generally the law offers the same civil rights to same-sex couples as heterosexual couples. Same-sex couples continue to fight for their marital rights to be recognized federally (George et al, 1996, 280). For instance, Massachusetts is the only state to recognize same-sex unions as a marriage. In most States where same-sex couples marriages are allowed they are still referred to as reciprocal beneficiary relationships, domestic partnerships and civil unions. Massachusetts argues that the right to marry is only executed when an individual can marry the person of their choice. Historically, Maryland was the first state to clearly define marriage as the union between one man and one woman. There were attempts to legalize same-sex marriage based…

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