On the flip side, if a voter is someone who was born gay — someone who faced discrimination his entire life and could not receive the benefits or tax credits that come with marriage — he may want to stick with the party who preserves his newly gained right to marry. Lest you think those rights are no big deal know that my dear twin brother was with his partner for over 30 years. When his partner passed of cancer, my brother had to pay taxes on half the house they jointly owned, half the belongings and half of the value of their vehicles, and all that after being reduced to a single income. It broke him. They foreclosed on his house and he took his own life.