FCA Applauds the SCOTUS Ruling Regarding DOMA

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Here the State’s decision to give this class of persons the right to marry conferred upon them a dignity and status of immense import.

Justice Kennedy, on the granting of rights to married couples.

Family Caregiver Alliance  - Kathleen Kelly, Executive Director

Family Caregiver Alliance applauds the U.S. Supreme Court decision that ruled a key provision of the DOMA unconstitutional.  FCA has always supported families of choice and celebrates today both the recognition of same-sex marriages and the extension of federal benefits to those families.

Now same-sex couples have equal access to social security, Medicare and other federal benefits that can provide a base of security for family caregivers. Recognized, legal marriages clarify particular challenges faced by same-sex couples around hospital visitation rights, estate planning and other health treatment and end-of-life issues.

In the end, it is about equality of relationships, of families, of all people.  And that is something that improves the life of all caregiving—and care exchanging—families.


With compassion as a fellow long-term caregiver, there is no need to redefine marriage in order to give hospital visitation rights, estate planning benefits , health treatment decisions and end of life issue decisions to same-sex couples. These decisions can be handled with privacy, dignity and respect for the wishes of the individuals involved without redefining marriage. Legal marriage is about protecting and providing for women and children and stabilizing society as supported by millennia of cross-cultural and transnational experience and decades of research. Compassion must be tempered with wisdom.