Read this tip to make your life smarter, better, faster and wiser. LifeTips is the place to go when you need to know about Gay Marriage in the US and other Gay Marriage topics.
In the United States, heterosexual married couples receive 1138 federal rights, protections, and benefits simply by being married in this country. In other words, a legal marriage affords rights to the members of that couple automatically and without the need to petition or fill out any paperwork.
Conversely, these same rights and protections are denied to same-sex couples for the simple reason that they are not legally allowed to marry. Awareness movements are beginning to take place -- like Love and Pride's handing out of 1,138 roses in New York's Union Square -- but more still needs to be done.