This is not a new social issue. Generations have had stable, non-traditional living arrangements. The Founding Fathers would want a tweak in federal law to promote efficiency, quality, simplicity, speed, & EQUITY. One simple change would put tens of thousands back into these households & the general economy. The IRS would feast on hundreds of thousands in “marriage penalties.” The welfare system would benefit by fewer surviving children & “spouses” caught without inheritance & other modern “rights” afforded to opposite-sex couples. Sure, the Social Security administration would take an initial hit from an influx of spouse & widow(er) benefits but this would be more than offset by the money saved in other areas - including the legal costs associated with defending DOMA & trying to align state & federal marriage laws.
Examples to think about:
SSA honors putative, deemed, COMMON LAW, & other marriages already. How is this different from honoring New York’s comprehensive & other same-sex marriage laws?
I set up a claim lead for a gentleman in applying for Title XVIII assistance (extra help with prescription drug costs) & he qualified financially despite the fact that he had a stable, long-term relationship with a partner who earned a 6 digit salary, owned several homes, & had over 1 million in other resources. Taxpayers will now pay for the costs of this man’s cardiac & HIV medicines. But he’s not MARRIED (though he admitted he wanted to be) so he qualifies. More power to him. Fraud? NO – I’d say this is in keeping with the humane nature of the US’s social programs.
REFORM THE GOVERNMENT & OUR ECONOMY THROUGH SOCIAL CHANGE!