The HRC Foundation released resources that answer questions many same-sex couples are asking following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made nationwide marriage equality a reality.
- Does marriage equality change my medical decision-making rights? How about my health insurance options?
- Does the decision clear the path for same-sex couples to adopt? What kind of questions will adoption agencies ask about our marriage?
- Do companies continue to offer domestic partner benefits? What if I live in a state that has marriage equality, but no LGBT non-discrimination protections?
“In the wake of the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, countless same-sex couples are hopefully asking 'what if?'” said Jay Brown, Director of Research and Public Education at the HRC Foundation. “Experts at HRC have created guides that answer those questions, and more, in the realm of healthcare, adoption and domestic partner benefits, and can be used by same-sex couples wanting to know what to expect, to ask the right questions and find accurate resources.”
HRC Foundation’s Health and Aging Program answers the question, “What Will Marriage Equality Mean for My Healthcare?” Our All-Children-All Families Project and legal team answer the question, “What Will Marriage Equality Mean for My Adoption Rights? And our Workplace Equality Program advises companies with questions about Domestic Partner Benefits.
In the absence of full, explicit non-discrimination protections nationwide, a positive U.S. Supreme Court decision on marriage equality would not erase the uncertainty of how same-sex couples who decide to marry will be treated in many venues, and across state lines. That’s why HRC will fight for a federal LGBT non-discrimination bill that will address discrimination in credit, education, employment, federal funding, housing, jury service, and public accommodations. For more on that effort, click here.