How Gay Marriage and Wedding Culture Threaten Other Couples

By: Sara Warner, PMA Associate Professor and 2016 Public Voices Fellow at The OpEd Project.,  Time Magazine
February 23, 2016

Sara Warner is an Associate Professor at Cornell University, a Public Voices Fellow of The OpEd Project and the author of Acts of Gaiety. This article originally appeared on

Some employers are cutting domestic-partner benefits

Gay and lesbian couples have a lot to celebrate this Feb. 14, the first Valentine’s Day following the legalization of same-sex marriage on June 26, 2015. But as gay Americans from Anchorage to Atlanta revel in their Constitutional right to wed, others are coming to the sobering realization that the freedom to love may come at a cost. In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling, some employers across the country are eliminating domestic-partner benefits and issuing an ultimatum to couples, gay and straight: Get married or lose your coverage.