The goal of gay marriage rights movements is simple: to secure the rights of same-sex couples to formalize their relationship in the same way as opposite-sex couples do, i.e., marriage equality. In addition to being an important social issue, there are many legal issues at play as well. Here are some important facts on gay rights and same sex marriage.

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Why Is Marriage Important from a Legal Perspective?

Marriage automatically confers numerous legal benefits to a couple. While some can be established through a separate legal agreement, like a Domestic Partnership Agreement, these measures don’t have the legal strength of a right obtained through marriage. More importantly, married couples enjoy many legal benefits that cannot be obtained through a civil union or contract, such as paid leave to care for an ill spouse, survivor benefits, and the right to not testify against your spouse.

Goals of the Gay Rights Movement

Gay marriage rights are considered an important element of gay rights (though a better, more inclusive term is LGBT rights, as it also includes bisexual and transsexual communities). However, marriage equality isn’t the sole issue. The overarching goal is equality in all areas in life, including protection in the workplace (currently, LGBT workers are not a protected class), aforementioned benefits and the ability to serve openly in the military. The latter form of discrimination was enshrined in the form of the Don't Ask, Don’t Tell policy until its abolition in 2011, which led to the discharge of nearly ten thousand servicemen between 1994 and 2003 alone. Another important goal of the equality movement is the possibility for having children, including adoption, in vitro fertilization and commercial surrogacy.

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