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Daily Archives: July 9, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court overturns the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which defined marriage as between a man and a woman. Under DOMA, same-sex couples legally married in a state or country that authorized same-sex marriage were not eligible for important federal benefits available to heterosexual couples. Such benefits include filing joint income tax returns, health care and pension benefits, and the ability to transfer assets to one another free of estate or gift taxes. This historic Supreme Court decision now permits married same-sex couples in New York to receive important federal benefits that were previously denied to them. The case before the Court involved Edith Windsor, (now 84 years old), whose same-sex spouse died in 2009 leaving Edith her entire estate. The couple had been together since the late 1960s, were legally married in Canada in 2007, and New York recognized the validity of

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