Here the State’s decision to give this class of persons the right to marry conferred upon them a dignity and status of immense import.
— Justice Kennedy, on the granting of rights to married couples.
Family Caregiver Alliance - Kathleen Kelly, Executive Director
Family Caregiver Alliance applauds the U.S. Supreme Court decision that ruled a key provision of the DOMA unconstitutional. FCA has always supported families of choice and celebrates today both the recognition of same-sex marriages and the extension of federal benefits to those families.
Now same-sex couples have equal access to social security, Medicare and other federal benefits that can provide a base of security for family caregivers. Recognized, legal marriages clarify particular challenges faced by same-sex couples around hospital visitation rights, estate planning and other health treatment and end-of-life issues.
In the end, it is about equality of relationships, of families, of all people. And that is something that improves the life of all caregiving—and care exchanging—families.