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DOMA has been struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court!

The strike-down of DOMA is a giant step in the right direction toward ensuring equality for all American citizens!

Today’s decision means that federal benefits, like Social Security and income tax, can extend to same-sex couples who have been legally married in the state in which they reside. It applies only to federal benefits of marriage.

BUT, the Supreme Court ruling today does not mean that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states.

Problems arise in this ruling in several areas, including the application to military families spread out across state lines. Couples who have income sources from different states may have to file some tax forms jointly and others as single individuals. Corporations who have employees in several states may have to allow benefits to some and not to others. Also, legally married same-sex couples who reside in a state that does not recognize their marriage do not yet qualify for marriage benefits.

This has the potential to create a huge logistical and application problem for government officials.

But this excites us at Faith Aloud, as we look forward to the flood of litigation brought forth by same-sex couples residing in states that do not recognize their legally-obtained marriages.

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  1. Stanley Bradley July 11, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Concerning future litigation that same sex couples might run into in cases where the couple was married in a state that allowed same sex marriages, but because of their jobs they were transferrred to a state like Ohio that doesn’t allow it. I remember reading about an Ohio court case (I don’t remember if it was state or federal) a long time ago in which a married couple from the south moved to Ohio. The couple were first cousins, in the state of Ohio first cousins are not allowed to marry. The authorities in the state of Ohio told the couple that the state of Ohio could not recognize their marriage status because they were first cousins. The couple sued and the judge ruled that since the couple was married in a state that recognizes the right of first cousins to marry, the state of Ohio would have to recognize their status as a married couple. Perhaps this case might be helpful for a same sex couple that might run into that problem.

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