Thursday, December 26, 2013

DOMA's Legal Implications

Same-gender couples who were married under Massachusetts laws should keep in mind the legal implications of the ruling that denied section three of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

"Although the full impact of the decision remains murky in some areas, there are results of the ruling that we can be sure of (and that have already taken effect) for gender married couples."  Mick Judge for the Metro West Daily News.  Judge discusses seven important legal implications of the ruling that are already affecting same-gender married couples.  In his article, Judge warns couples affected by the United States v. Windsor decision to take care to  understand and plan for the total legal impact of these changes on their lives, and make sure that the legal and tax status of their marriage is in order.

Further information is provided by GLAD in After DOMA: Guide for Same-Sex Couples.  This guide includes a series of fact sheets for couples on a variety of issues affected by the US v. Windsor decision, including federal taxes, immigration, medicaid, social security, military spousal benefits and many more.