Older same-sex couples face specific challenges

It’s not as simple as one might think to have marriage equality and that be the end of things. We have so much more to fight for and, as we can see on a daily basis with the presidential campaign, we will probably have that one win challenged all the way.

“Our seniors are running off and getting married not only out of love but because they can finally protect each other and the lives they’ve created together,” said Lori Gum, program and Pridecoordinator for Stonewall Columbus, a gay-rights organization.

Largely invisible until very recently, there are about 3 million Americans age 60 or older who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, experts say. That number is expected to double by 2030, said Grant Stancliff, spokesman for the advocacy group Equality Ohio. Baby boomers are the first generation of LGBT people to have lived openly gay or transgender lives.

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