When it comes to federal benefits, marriage is mixed bag

  • Article by: STEPHEN OHLEMACHER , Associated Press
  • Updated: June 30, 2013 - 8:27 PM

Some same-sex couples could see tax increases. And Social Security benefits aren’t generous for all.

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okaybruceeJun. 30, 1310:10 PM

State and federal benefits for [really] married couples existed solely for the benefit of children. Now that there is no longer a connection between marriage and children, there is no need for such benefits. Either limit them for [really] married couples with children, or forget about them.

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mchristiJul. 1, 13 2:34 AM

No, Okaybrucee, those benefits are not provided solely for the benefit of children. They are provided, in part, simply because the married couple makes up a single household to be dealt with as a unit. And they are provided because a couple pledging to care for one another and provide for one another, whether they have children or not, is good for the couple, for our communities, and for our society as a whole. Finally, couple of easily accessed facts about such benefits will quickly dispel your claim. The benefits of marriage are not predicated on their being minor children living in the household. They are given from the wedding to death or dissolution of the marriage. But even more telling is social security. Survivor benefits are provided to the surviving spouse in their elder years, long after children have been living their own lives for decades, and often grandchildren may already be adults as well. What do these benefits have to do with children? Nothing at all. Your claim is entirely manufactured in a transparent attempt to give your usual talking point some (imaginary) backing. Marriage equality will soon be a reality in Minnesota, with all the responsibilities and benefits that go with it. That is right, just, and good.

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nonewtaxesJul. 1, 13 4:28 AM

It would be be better to eliminate every deduction and have lower tax rates.

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