Should I marry my same-sex partner?

Same-sex marriage is legal and recognized in all fifty states since the United States Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges was decided on June 26, 2015.  Same-sex married couples are entitled to all the rights and benefits to which any married couples is legally entitled, both under state and federal law.  You may be entitled to various benefits retroactively, depending on the circumstances.  Married people enjoy various legal privileges that unmarried couples can only get through contracts or other legal documents, and in some instances they may not be able to get them at all.  These include inheritance by intestacy (without a will), joint tax filings, spousal benefits in various public and private benefit programs, access to step-parent adoption, etc.  There may also be financial costs to married couples, such as the so-called federal “marriage tax penalty.”  Whether it is a good idea, legally or financially, to marry your partner is a question you should put to a lawyer and an accountant.  Whether you want to marry, of course, is a question only you can answer. Under no circumstances should you marry your spouse again, if you are already married in any state or country.  Celebrating your marriage twice, even if it is possible, will only create problems in the long run.

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