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Claim SSma - Same-sex marriages legal in US

Category: News:US News JUDGED at 0
Owner:73, Karl Hallowell
Judge:306, SMWinnie
due date:1999/01/01

The Claim

On January 1, 1999, same-sex marriages or partnerships are allowed in at least one state of the US. Also, they will be legally recognized in at least half of the states of the US. If same-sex marriages are legal in one state and recognized in at least 25 other states by the end of 1998, then the claim is true. A partnership or equivalent union recognized by 25 or more states will satisfy the claim, if the partnership will not expire unless one partner dies or divorce. Legal rights that the couples in a partnership or marriage should have:

  1. inheriting property (like a marriage) if a partner dies,
  2. filing a joint tax return,
  3. providing joint health coverage (like a marriage), and
  4. distributing assets in a divorce.

Judge's Statement

Note: The above claim poses different requirements for the number of states recognizing marriage and the number recognizing a partnership. (26 and 25, respectively.)

I will judge based on the intent of this claim, if I perceive such intent to be obvious. If such intent is ambiguous I will judge on the basis of the precise wording. If both are ambiguous, I will look for a solution which follows IF/FX precedent insofar as such precedent is apparent to me and applicable to the claim. I will seek the guidance of the claim's owner/author in interpreting the claim. It's his or her question - s/he ought to get the answer sought. If I believe this claim to have met a YES or NO condition, and if I believe judgement will be controversial, I will post a prospective judgement to fx-discuss and forestall entering the judgement for a comment period to be announced in the post.

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