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Rights, Privledges and Benefits
     

Because lesbians and gay men cannot marry in most states, they have no right to:

  • Accidental death benefit for the surviving spouse of a government employee;
  • Appointment as guardian of a minor;
  • Award of child custody in divorce proceedings;
  • Beneficial owner status of corporate securities;
  • Bill of Rights benefits for victims and witnesses;
  • Burial of service member's dependents;
  • Certificates of occupation;
  • Consent to post-mortem examination;
  • Continuation of rights under existing homestead leases;
  • Control, division, acquisition, and disposition of community property
  • Criminal injuries compensation;
  • Death benefit for surviving spouse for government employee
  • Disclosure of vital statistics records;
  • Division of property after dissolution of marriage;
  • Eligibility for housing opportunity allowance program of the Housing, Finance and Development Corporation;
  • Exemption from claims of Department of Human Services for social services payments, financial assistance, or burial payments;
  • Exemption from conveyance tax;
  • Exemption from regulation of condominium sales to owner-occupants;
  • Funeral leave for government employees;
  • Homes of totally disable veterans exempt from property taxes;
  • Income tax deductions, credits, rates exemption, and estimates;
  • Inheritance of land patents;
  • Insurance licenses, coverage, eligibility, and benefits organization of mutual benefits society;
  • Legal status with partner’s children;
  • Making, revoking, and objecting to anatomical gifts;
  • Making partner medical decisions;
  • Nonresident tuition deferential waiver;
  • Notice of guardian ad litem proceedings;
  • Notice of probate proceedings;
  • Payment of wages to a relative of deceased employee;
  • Payment of worker's compensation benefits after death;
  • Permission to make arrangements for burial or cremation;
  • Proof of business partnership;
  • Public assistance from the Department of Human Services;
  • Qualification at a facility for the elderly;
  • Real property exemption from attachment or execution;
  • Right of survivorship to custodial trust;
  • Right to be notified of parole or escape of inmate;
  • Right to change names;
  • Right to enter into pre-marital agreement;
  • Right to file action for nonsupport;
  • Right to inherit property;
  • Right to purchase leases and cash freehold agreements concerning the management and disposition of public land;
  • Right to sue for tort and death by wrongful act;
  • Right to support after divorce;
  • Right to support from spouse;
  • Rights and proceedings for involuntary hospitalization and treatment;
  • Rights by way of dour or courtesy;
  • Rights to notice, protection, benefits, and inheritance under the uniform probate code;
  • Sole interest in property;
  • Spousal privilege and confidential marriage communications;
  • Spousal immigration benefits;
  • Status of children;
  • Support payments in divorce action;
  • Tax relief for natural disaster losses;
  • Vacation allowance on termination of public employment by death;
  • Veterans' preference to spouse in public employment;
  • In vitro fertilization coverage;
  • Waiver of fees for certified copies and searches of vital statistics.