By Natalie Fultz
COLUMBUS - It's one step closer to equality for same sex couples who are legally married. A new policy includes benefits that mirror the same rights as straight married couples.
"This is just giving people the same rights that are allowed to heterosexual couples. We're not trying to take anything away from anybody, we just want the same. That's all it's ever been about. I mean when you sit there and you say, "you can't, you can't, you can't,' that's discrimination," Jeremy Hobbs says.
Some of the benefits in the new policy will include prison visitation rights, bankruptcy cases and court proceedings, as well as many other benefit programs.
"Say your partner, something happened to them and they were in a hospital and they said, 'no, family only,' and you've been with person your whole entire life. That's not something you want taken away from you," Adam McCord says.
As for the opposing side, I went out to speak to Father McCarthy of St. Anne's Catholic Church.
"The issue of benefits of such couples is really a state issue. I don't think the church has a typical position on this besides defending catholic marriage and seeing anything else that is termed marriage is really not," Father McCarthy says.
Seventeen states in the United States as well as the District of Columbia have legalized gay marriage. For the remaining states like Georgia and Alabama, the new policy will still apply.
"I think anything we are getting right now is much appreciated. Anything that we are doing in Washington to say, 'you now have right,' is very appreciated. That's all that matters to us that finally somebody is standing up for our rights," Hobbs says.
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