Saturday, July 27, 2013

Legal experts warn gays marriage may not be all it is cracked up to be...

A friend of mine jokes gays should be allowed to marry because they should have to suffer like the rest of us.

Via USA Today:
"For many people there will be this temptation, this very understandable urge to get married because we can and because for so long we could not," Gover said. "But I'm going to caution against that impulsive decision to marry because marriage may not be right for everyone."
As another panelist, estate-planning adviser Chris Heritage, put it, "Walk to the altar. Don't run to the altar."
Heritage stressed couples should talk with their own advisers to see how marriage may affect taxes or health benefits.
There's also the question of what happens if the marriage doesn't work out. Under the law, Heritage said, divorcing couples would have their assets split in half. To get around that, he said, couples may want to consider a prenuptial agreement.
The Supreme Court rulings are probably going to have little impact on couples in existing domestic partnerships, he said.
Panelists did encourage married couples to also register as domestic partners and to take other steps that may give them more rights if they travel to states where their marriage isn't recognized.
Gover suggested that anyone having doubts about a marriage should wait or try some pre-marital counseling.

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