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1,110 Federal Benefits for Same-Sex Couples with DOMA Gone

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that part of the discriminatory Defense Against Marriage Act was unconstitutional, it opened the way for same-sex couples who are legally married in their states to reap the fruits of federal benefits. Advantages that married opposite-sex couples have enjoyed in the realm of taxes, social security, estate planning, immigration and other sectors have now been extended to all spouses. “There are over 1100 federal benefits, privileges and obligations that turn on the issue of …

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New Benefits with Supreme Court Rulings on Gay Marriage

Lawyers.com Editor-in-Chief wrote the following editorial, published in LGBTQ Nation on June 27, 2013.   Two bad laws died on June 26. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a state and a federal law that defined marriage as something for heterosexual couples only. For the 130,000 legally-married couples in the U.S., this means an end to second-class status and end to a stigma in the law. I predicted one year ago that the court would strike down provisions in the federal Defense of Marriage …

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Posted 1 year ago in Gay and Lesbian issues by Aaron Kase  
Defense of Marriage Act Thrown Out by Supreme Court

A large chunk of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today. The federal government must recognize same-sex marriages that have been legally performed by the states, the justices ruled in Windsor v. United States. The 5-4 decision does not create a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. Previously, DOMA had blocked LGBT couples from federal marriage benefits, including tax perks, social security and immigration rules. Over 1,000 federal laws and programs are affected by marriage …

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Posted 1 year ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Larry Bodine  
Supreme Court Announces Key Decisions this Week [Radio]

Lawyers.com Editor-in-Chief Larry Bodine was interviewed this morning on WBBA (820 AM) News Talk Florida, in Tampa, on the decisions that the U.S. Supreme Court is releasing this week. Larry discusses four key decisions that cover affirmative action in college admissions, gay marriage and the Voting Rights Act. He discusses Fisher v. University of Texas, where a white, female applicant, Abigail Fisher, accused the school of reverse discrimination in denying her admission. He also reviews the Defense of Marriage Act …

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Posted 1 year ago in Gay and Lesbian issues by Betsy Kim  
Should the Government Recognize Same-sex Marriage? [Poll]

The U.S. Supreme Court is still deciding the legal rights in gay marriages. The high court is expected to announce its rulings in June on whether the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denies federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples, and California’s ban on gay marriages (Proposition 8) are unconstitutional. Meanwhile, different states continue their own disputes on the issue. As Lawyers.com reported, the Illinois attorney general and Cook County clerk are refusing to defend their state’s law that …

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