With all the recent news about same-sex marriage in Ohio some people might be wondering why it is such a big deal. While same sex marriage is important to some people because it means they can share the benefits of an opposite-sex couple, that isn't the only reason why some people feel same-sex marriage recognition is important. Health care, tax benefits and Social Security payments are important, but there is much more to the same-sex marriage debate for those with a vested interest in the issue.
Some people tout the protection of same-sex marriage recognition as the important factor. When a same-sex couple splits up, if their marriage is not recognized, the partners don't get the same protections as opposite-sex couples. For same-sex couples, distribution of assets doesn't happen in the same way as it does for opposite-sex couples. For a same-sex couple, decisions like staying home to raise a child or putting a home in only one party's name can prove to be detrimental if the union goes sour because they don't have the same protections as other opposite-sex couples.
In states that don't recognize same-sex marriages, those couples aren't able to get a divorce if they need one. This means that a legal system isn't available to help with property division, child custody, child visitation and other issues. It also means that neither party's rights are guaranteed during the emotionally trying dissolution of the relationship.
Ohio is one of the many states that is currently in a decision-making process for legalizing marriage dissolution for same-sex couples. Ohio attorneys will always have the most up-to-date information on the current status of these controversial subjects.
Source: Huffington Post, "The Right to Gay Divorce" Lara Lillibridge, Apr. 09, 2014