For John, BLUF: Our culture is changing. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Here is a story from Market Watch on how changes in our understanding of "marriage" is impacting college financial aid. People living together are now considered a family unit for college aid. This flows from the US Supreme Court acting on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and other actions:
The 2014 Free Application for Federal Student Aid or Fafsa—which calculates income, assets and family size—now collects financial information about parents “regardless of marital status or gender.” Since the Supreme Court ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, same-sex couples must report their marital status if they were married in a state where same-sex unions are legal but reside in a state where they are not, or even if they were married in a foreign country. If the student is one half of a same-sex marriage, he or she may also be considered to have independent financial means. “It’s a recognition of diverse family structures,” says Greg McBride, chief financial analyst with Bankrate.com.This is a step toward recognizing that children are part of a family, including two parents, a way of improving their chances of succeeding in this society. There is a ways to go, but this is a step in the proper direction.
Hat tip to the Instapundit.
Regards — Cliff