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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Moving in the Right Direction

For John, BLUFOur 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
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


Neal said...

The mantra of absolute equality. Everything (one) is beautiful in its (their) own way. From a spiritual perspective, it is a truism. From a secular, albeit liberal perspective, it tends to force round pegs into unready square holes.

Maybe the human race will get there someday......if it doesn't nuke itself out of existence over differences.

Renee said...

I knew a classmate who moved in with her aunt, to claim that she wasn't living with her parents for financial aid.

C R Krieger said...

Renee—seems wrong to me.  But then I don't know the totality of her circumstances.

Regards  —  Cliff

Neal said...

Don't you just love situational morality and ethics??