Is The Defense of Marriage Act Dying? - Page 2
According to the Social Security Administration, when a married person dies, full survivor’s benefits are provided to the surviving spouse when he or she reaches 60 years of age. If the federal government upheld a state’s recognition of it’s legal sex marriages and/or civil unions, Wallen would’ve been spared financial ruin, just as are other straight tax paying California widows and widowers.
Oddly enough, despite DOMA denying benefits to married same-sex couples in the name of supporting state’s rights to discriminate, the Social Security Administration even provides ex-spouses of straight marriages the right to obtain survivor’s benefits, as long as the marriage lasted 10 years prior to the divorce. Many of the same conservative religious institutions protecting their view of marriage see divorce as sinful, with some going as far as desiring to end the right to divorce or subsequently re-marry. Despite this philosophy, the Courts have yet to see a conservative push to immediately stop our federal government from supporting death bed social security-based financial menage a trois’.
In today’s hearing, U.S. Representative John Lewis (D-Ga,) who is all too familiar with civil rights issues, compared DOMA to a time in his youth when, as a black man, he had to visit separate “coloreds” bathrooms, and had to drink from water fountains set aside for black men and women. “I find it unbelievable in the year 2011 that there is still a need to hold hearings and debates about whether a human being should be able to marry the person they love,” said Lewis.
While a number of Democrats showed up in support of repealing DOMA, only Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) came to defend the contentious law, calling as his main witness Thomas Minnery, a researcher for conservative group Focus on the Family. Minnery brought up a federal study, claiming that it showed children raised by a married couple consisting of a man and a woman were better off than those raised in other types of families.Continued on the next page