Game Changer

Game Changer

Individuals whose marriages are recognized under state law have significant spousal rights based on the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of DOMA

On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Windsor1 that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. Same-sex couples married under state law are now treated the same as opposite-sex couples under federal law. According to a Williams Institute review conducted in 2011, over 9 million Americans identify themselves as lesbian, gay or bisexual.

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