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Same-Sex Spouses to Get Federal Benefits in Some States

Currently, same-sex marriage is legal in 13 states and the District of Columbia. In these states, LGBT couples enjoy the same state employee benefits as heterosexual couples. Until recently, however, they lacked equal access to federal employment benefits. This all changed in June 2013, when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Sec. 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which had defined marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman. Now, in states that recognize same-sex marriage, spouses …

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Pa. County Clerk’s Stand Sparks Marriage Equality Showdown

A Pennsylvania judge ordered a county clerk to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, which he’s done since shortly after the United States Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in June. This week, the county pledged to fight back by appealing the ruling. After the defeat of DOMA, the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania filed a suit alleging the unconstitutionality of the state’s same-sex marriage ban, in effect since 1996. Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen …

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All Gay Married Couples Entitled to Federal Tax Benefits

Every same-sex couple who is legally married will have access to federal tax benefits, even if they live in a state that does not recognize their marriage. The announcement, made by the IRS and the Treasury Department last week, puts to rest the question of whether federal recognition would apply based on the state of marriage celebration, or the state of residence of the couple in question. The state of celebration has won out, and included under the umbrella are …

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Posted 12 months ago in Divorce Gay and Lesbian issues by Aaron Kase  
Demise of DOMA May Not Help Gay Couples Seeking Divorce

A lesbian couple filed for divorce just a week after Minnesota enacted its marriage equality law on Aug. 1. Dawn Tuckner and her wife were married in Canada in 2004 and even had a child together through artificial insemination, but the union soon went sour. However, since they lived in Minnesota, which didn’t recognize their marriage until this year, they couldn’t get divorced. “I was so excited. I’ve been stuck in a relationship — basically being married to someone that, …

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Posted 12 months ago in Gay and Lesbian issues by Aaron Kase  
Lesbian Widow Can Recieve Survivor Benefits, Judge Rules

The fallout from the Supreme Court’s June decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act is still ongoing, and this week saw more good news for same-sex couples. The wife of a female lawyer who passed away in 2010 should get her survivor benefits, not her parents, a federal judge ruled Monday in Philadelphia. Widow Jennifer Tobits will get nearly $50,000 that her deceased spouse, Sarah Ellyn Farley, was owed from her law firm, Cozen O’Connor. The decision was made …

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