Are same-sex couples being denied their rightful rights?

Melinda Beck

The supreme court recently declared that same-sex marriages are legal in all 50 states. Legalizing same-sex marriage is great but does it go further than just legalizing it? In The New York Times there is an article, “Should Same-Sex Couples Receive Fertility Benefits?”, written by Stephanie Fairyington who explains same-sex couples are not receiving the same benefits as straight couples. One of the examples from the article is that some insurances do not cover infertility for same-sex couples because it does not match their “policy” (Fairyington 1). The insurance’s policy defines infertility as “inability to achieve pregnancy after 12 months of unprotected heterosexual intercourse” (Fairyington, 1). Why are insurances deciding if same-sex couples should receive the infertility benefits as straight couples? Same-sex couples had to fight for their right to marry in all 50 states now they have to fight for their rights and benefits too.

  • Why it is important?

This is an important issue because same-sex couples are not receiving the same benefits as straight couples. If people look beyond their sexual orientation, they are normal couples who want the same things as “normal” couples want, yet they are being denied. This topic needs to go further or beyond just legalizing same-sex marriage. People need to start recognizing same-sex couples as people and not their sexual orientation. This topic is new and slowly coming out to the world as an issue. The supreme court allowed same-sex couples to marry; why not allow them the same benefits/rights as straight couples?

Allianz commissioned the Love, Family, Money Study to reveal how shifting demographics and attitudes are changing Americans’ definition of “family.” This video explores some of the surprising findings about same-sex couple families. (Published on Aug 25, 2014)
  • Behind the video

This video shows how the family dynamic is slowing changing. Same-sex families are becoming more in common than the traditional family style. In fact, same-sex couples and traditional families have more in common than any other family. For example, 56% of same-sex couple and 52% traditional families describe them either financially comfortable or influent. This is not the only example but they continue to show the audience how same-sex couples and traditional families have more in common than we think.

Works Cited:

Fairyington, Stephanie. “Should Same-Sex Couples Receive Fertility Benefits?” The New York Times. The New York Times, 02 Nov. 2015. Web. 02 Oct. 2016.