USA: States With Marriage Equality Draw Talented Same Sex Couples

Written by scott on August 17th, 2013

Gay WeddingHans Bernhard and Mitch Null say they may leave North Carolina — taking their daughter, their jobs as a veterinarian and an information technology business operations manager at Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) and the tax revenue from their properties.

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act, the couple is considering moving to Maryland, where they could have a recognized marriage and guaranteed access to the related federal benefits. Bernhard could also become a lawful father to the couple’s 1-year-old daughter, Eva, since North Carolina law prevents residents from adopting a child if they aren’t married to the legal parent.

“As Eva grows, when friends of hers ask her, it would be nice for her to be able to say, ‘My dads are married, and they love each other dearly, and they love me dearly, and we’re just like anybody else,'” said Bernhard, 34.

Authored By Victoria Stilwell – See the Full Story at Bloomberg

Editor’s Note: we’re considering moving out of California, and whether or not a state offers full marriage recognition is a HUGE concern for us.

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2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Meri Equality Justus says:

    It is a shame that some states still do not have Equality and that couples may have to leave their home states just to be able to have Equal rights like every one else. but in the end the states that are refusing the rights to us are the ones that will loose, just think of the tax money those states will loose out on, and the talented workers they will loose. and maybe just maybe those states that are refusing Equality now will realize what they are loosing (and separate the church from their state) and make same sex marriage legal in their state. It just might take all those that can afford to move out of these states to make them rethink their hateful laws.

  2. jerry says:

    It’s a shame that anyone would have to resort to moving away from their friends and family to be accepted as equal. It’s just a matter of time. The wheels of justice are turning and equality is on the move. Just look at these last 5 years. Prop 8 was a shot that was fired and the world is responding. We have to keep fighting and funding the cause.

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