July 08, 2013 The Impact of the United States Supreme Court Decision in United States v. Windsor
KEEPING YOU INFORMED…
The federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) defined marriage as being between a man and a woman. This statute prevented same-sex married couples from receiving many benefits which were available to opposite-sex married couples. On June 26, 2013, in United States v. Windsor, the United States Supreme Court found DOMA to be unconstitutional and ruled that same-sex marriage must, for purposes of federal law, be treated the same as opposite-sex marriage. This memorandum addresses the impact of that decision on the availability of certain employment-related benefits.
THIS MEMORANDUM IS MEANT TO ASSIST IN GENERAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE CURRENT LAW. IT IS NOT TO BE REGARDED AS LEGAL ADVICE. THOSE WITH PARTICULAR QUESTIONS SHOULD SEEK THE ADVICE OF COUNSEL.
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