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house Bill H.R. 2025

Closing a Loophole to Help Same-Sex Couples Share Benefits After Marriage

Argument in favor

Though gay couples have been given the right to marry in many states, they still haven’t been receiving benefits in the same way as heterosexual couples. This bill would make sure that they do. It’s only fair.

BarackObama's Opinion
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06/05/2015
"When all Americans are treated equally—no matter who they are or whom they love—our country will be a better place. [BarackObama.com]
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Cary's Opinion
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05/07/2015
Marriage is a contract in the eyes of the law. Equal treatment under the law is a minimal expectation.
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JoeBiden's Opinion
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05/25/2015
"I will not be satisfied till every LGBT community member is afforded the freedom and equality that my father spoke of."
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Argument opposed

Heterosexual couples in domestic partnerships don't get to cut the line to share benefits when they get married — it's only fair that same-sex couples wait it out like everyone else.

Ryan's Opinion
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05/07/2015
Marriage is not a right. And should not be treated as such. People do not need the governments consent to marry. Keep government out of people's lives as much as possible.
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VACatholicKnight's Opinion
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05/07/2015
For starters, I think that redefining marriage to include same-sex unions is a grave blunder. Furthermore, I assert the state lacks the authority to redefine marriage as any other kind of union outside of one man with one woman. Therefore, I reject all efforts that are consequent to such an illicit redefinition. It's fruit of a poisonous tree. I say no. I don't support this bill.
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Mart's Opinion
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05/08/2015
Not that this is a bad idea, but it is a state issue...NOT a national one. Stay out of the business of local issues.
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      house Committees
      Social Security
      Committee on Ways and Means
      Health
    IntroducedApril 23rd, 2015

What is House Bill H.R. 2025?

This bill seeks to ensure that same-sex married couples have the same access to Medicare and Social Security as heterosexual married couples by making amendments to the Social Security Act.


Under the Social Security Act, couples have to be married for nine months before they can receive each others’ Social Security benefits — twelve months if the spouse trying to receive the others’ benefits is retired. This bill would remove discriminatory language in the act, to allow same-sex couples to count their time in a domestic partnership (if they were not allowed to marry in their state) towards the time necessary to receive benefits. That is to say, if you and your partner had been in a domestic partnership for six months when gay marriage became legal in your state, and you got married right away, you would only have to wait for three months to start getting each others’ Social Security Benefits.


The bill would also require The Social Security Administration to put together a publicity campaign to let people know about these changes.

Impact

Same sex couples in states where marriage is legal, their insurance providers and plans, employers who offer health insurance, and the Social Security Administration.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2025

A CBO estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In Depth: The actual text of this bill hasn’t been sent to Congress. Thus, while we have a pretty good idea of what it will do and how it will work from Sponsoring Rep. Mark Takano’s fairly detailed press release, we don’t know the specific wording, or if there will be any extra weird or surprising stuff in the bill, as there sometimes is. Stay tuned—er, logged in on your phone.

Also, something to note is that the time in domestic partnerships traditionally have never been counted toward the time married couples need to put in to share benefits.

Of Note: As Rep. Takano specifies in his press release about this bill, it’s really meant as follow-up to the Supreme Court striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman. The Supreme Court found that it was in violation of the Fifth Amendment which, in addition to allowing people to avoid self-incrimination, ensures that people are not deprived of life, liberty and due process. Since then, 30 states, as well as D.C., have legalized same-sex marriage. It was already legal in seven (though same-sex marriages were obviously stopped under DOMA) and is banned in 13.


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Summary by James Helmsworth
(Photo Credit: Flickr user mariadelajuana

AKA

Social Security and Medicare Parity Act of 2015

Official Title

To amend title II of the Social Security Act to provide for equal treatment of individuals in same-sex marriages, and for other purposes.

    "When all Americans are treated equally—no matter who they are or whom they love—our country will be a better place. [BarackObama.com]
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    Marriage is not a right. And should not be treated as such. People do not need the governments consent to marry. Keep government out of people's lives as much as possible.
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    Marriage is a contract in the eyes of the law. Equal treatment under the law is a minimal expectation.
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    "I will not be satisfied till every LGBT community member is afforded the freedom and equality that my father spoke of."
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    Marriage is marriage. Like it or not, same sex couples who are legally wed have (or should have) the same legal rights and benefits as other couples.
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    Sexual orientation should not preclude equal protection under the law.
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    The sex of my partner is nobody's business but my own. Keep up the great work!
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    Haven't we made life hard enough for same sex couples? Enough already. Let's get over ourselves and start addressing real issues in this country such as income inequality and affordable education and closing tax loopholes on corporations. Let's start treating same sex couples just like everyone else. They pay taxes and meet every other obligation asked of them; they should be treated with the same standards as other couples.
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    For starters, I think that redefining marriage to include same-sex unions is a grave blunder. Furthermore, I assert the state lacks the authority to redefine marriage as any other kind of union outside of one man with one woman. Therefore, I reject all efforts that are consequent to such an illicit redefinition. It's fruit of a poisonous tree. I say no. I don't support this bill.
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    Not that this is a bad idea, but it is a state issue...NOT a national one. Stay out of the business of local issues.
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    Call it what it is a civil union. A marriage is between a man and a woman in the eyes of God.
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    Some same sex couples have been together for decades. These are the kind of relationships that are meant to receive joint Medicaid and Social Security benefits: long-term ones. Making these people wait even longer just because their relationships weren't recognized by law is cruel.
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    Marriage is a right controlled by the government and the law needs to see every person equally. That is not new.
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    Why shouldn't a LGBT couple in the same relationship as a straight couple receive less benefits? Equality is a necessity
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    Quit corrupting the sacrament of God's plan for mankind or we will be condemned by Him!
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    I am opposed to same sex marriage but if it is to be legal, it should be equal.
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    There should be the same treatment for all couples.
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    Everyone needs to be treated fairly. Enough enough enough enough of this "same sex, straight" couples crap and treat everyone equally.
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    all love should be seen as equal in front of Allah the LA
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    This isn't likely to be popular, but gay marriage is the beginning of the end for America. Keep in mind Noah and Sodom and Gomorrah. Both times God utterly destroyed a world and a city respectively. Both times over grave sexual immorality, both times over homosexuality.
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