The greatest legal advantage to gay marriages are primarily in the states of .
Hawaii, Maine, New Jersey and California, where couples can specifically define .
the most critical decisions in any married couples' life. The legal precedents and .
laws in these states specifically support what many consider to be the "pros" or .
advantages of gay marriage, and these include the legal right to have children, .
jointing owning property or splitting it up, inheritance and death taxes, transfer .
taxes, government benefits, immigration, and the ability to define wills and .
testaments for each other as primary beneficiaries. In addition to all these .
advantages is also the advantage of being able to obtain healthcare from an .
employers' HMO or PPO organization, especially in the states mentioned in this .
Starting with one of the most sought-after advantages of a gay marriage, the .
legal right to have children, gay marriage advocates state that due to the stronger .
focus on egalitarian values and shared work in gay householders, children grow .
up well-adjusted than would otherwise be the case (Lindsay, Perlesz, Brown, .
McNair, et al., 2006). .
Second, there is the right to have community property in the states that support .
gay marriage, including the protection of rights specifically defining joint .
ownership and dissolution of marriages including the distribution of assets. This .
is a critical point as in many other states that do not support gay marriage, the .
dissolution of a same-sex union often is one that is contentious and marked by .
extensive lawsuits over assets. From this perspective the issue of how to best .
manage the financial considerations of a gay relationships favors a gay marriage .
being intact, obtained from one of the states mentioned that support them (Black, .
Sanders, Taylor, 2007). .
There are also several advantages from a tax standpoint as well. First the .
inclusion of inheritance and death taxes, transfer taxes and government benefits .