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  •  Why (3+ / 0-)
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    MAJeff, TiaRachel, Michellebird

    Why can't I have these rights as a single person?

    •  I think that's an excellent question (1+ / 0-)
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      I am not an expert in all 1138 of them, so there are probably exceptions.

      But it seems to me that single people of all sexual orientations are often left out in the cold in these discussions.

      I myself don't think that there should be special benefits just because you're part of a couple.

      And even stuff that at first glance I would think should be in that category (which aren't necessarily part of the tax code benefits, I'm thinking more broadly) like hospital visitation, I think actually should not be. IMO any person should be able to designate any other people to have full rights to visit them in the hospital, for example. And any context that would devalue such a designation in favor of implicit rights for people not designated, or better rights for people the state considers your family, should be challenged and changed IMO.

      But that's just me.

      •  I'm not the commenter but I will answer this (0+ / 0-)

        Why? Because there is no good reason to elevate the survival or well-being of people in couples over the survival or well-being of single people.

        And I say this as someone who has spent the majority of my adult years in long-term partnered relationships (2 total), and was single for 3 years in between.

        Whether or not I have a partner did not and does not change my need to survive and my desire to be well in surviving.

        And anyone who would try to argue that couples are somehow more deserving, my warning is: Watch the road you go down with this.... it may lead you right into the arms of the anti-gay fundies, who won't be very welcoming.

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