$ame-$ex Marriage Benefits

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Those skeptics among us who suspected that the pleas for same-sex marriage recognition were really a prelude to another government subsidy just got more food for thought. “The Supreme Court’s decision striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 will result in the fairer treatment of married gay students, giving the government a truer picture of their ability to pay for college,” Kelly Field reports in The Chronicle of Higher Education. “For some students, the ruling will mean more financial aid; for others, it will mean less.”

Yet and still, as Field shows, whether they benefit or not depends on how they apply: “Including same-sex spouses’ income in the formula could reduce some students’ eligibility for aid, but counting spouses and all of a couple’s children in the household could increase it.”

Malcolm A. Kline is the Executive Director of Accuracy in Academia.
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