2. Not being legally married denies the 1100+ federal benefits and protections of marriage to same sex couples. Again not equal protection of the law (14th amendment)
3. Not all rights are enumerated in the constitution. The supreme court has deemed marriage fundamental right in 14 separate cases.
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
We have laws and legal protections called marriage.
The state can not deny equal protections of the laws without showing how doing so would further a compelling state interest.
" May you live as long as you wish, and love as long as you live"
BTW: Heads up: The AZ law was vetoed.
Too bad. So sad.
- Social Security benefits upon death, disability or retirement of spouse, as well as benefits for minor children.
- Family and Medical Leave protections to care for a new child or a sick or injured family member
- Workers' Compensation protections for the family of a worker injured on the job
- Access to COBRA insurance benefits so the family doesn't lose health insurance when one spouse is laid off
- ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) protections such as the ability to leave a pension, other than Social Security, to your spouse
- Exemptions from penalties on IRA and pension rollovers
- Exemptions from estate taxes when a spouse dies
- Exemptions from federal income taxes on spouse's health insurance
- The right to visit a sick or injured loved one, have a say in life and death matters during hospitalization. LINK
I suspect you knew this though.