Laws that treat married persons in a different manner than they treat single persons permeate nearly every field of social regulation in this country - taxation, torts, evidence, social welfare, inheritance, adoption, and on and on.
This essay is adopted from "What If? The Legal Consequences of Marriage and the Legal Needs of Lesbian and Gay Male Couples," which appeared in 95 Michigan Law Review 447-491 (1996) and is printed with permission from the journal and the author. For a fully cited version of this article contact the author.
David L. Chamber,
Marriage Today: Legal Consequences for Same Sex and Opposite Sex Couples,
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