After DOMA: Information for Married Same-Sex Couples
The fall of DOMA means that many married same-sex couples can access the spousal benefits provided by the federal government through its many programs. However, married same-sex couples, living in states that do not recognize their marriage, may not have access to the spousal benefits of some federal programs. Same-sex couples who are in a civil union or registered domestic partnership and are living in a state that recognizes their relationship may have access to Social Security spousal benefits, but not to the benefits offered to spouses by other federal programs.
For information about specific federal programs go to: After DOMA: Information for Married Same-Sex Couples
Federal Provisions Dealing with Marriage (GAO Summary)
HISTORICAL DOCUMENT: Examines the fiscal benefits denied to same-sex couples because of DOMA including employment benefits, social security, and tax benefits.
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This publication provides steps same-sex married couples can take to possibly preserve their rights to retroactive Social Security spousal or children benefits that are currently being denied because of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). If DOMA is declared unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court or is repealed by Congress while an appeal of the denial of a Social Security benefit is still active, there is a possibility that the benefit will be granted retroactively to the original date of the application.
El Fallo de la Corte Suprema Sobre la Ley en Defensa del Matrimonio (Doma): Lo Que Significa
La revocación histórica de la Sección 3 de la discriminatoria Ley en Defensa del Matrimonio (Defense of Marriage Act [DOMA]) es una victoria enorme para las parejas enamoradas, casadas, y para sus familias. Este hecho revalida que estas parejas merecen un trato equitativo ante la ley. La victoria demuestra la importancia del acceso al matrimonio civil y le da a las parejas del mismo sexo casadas acceso a beneficios tangibles de la protección federal, que garantizan una mayor seguridad para la pareja y para sus hijos/as.
Overview: the Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act: What It Means
The Supreme Court’s historic ruling striking down Section 3 of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is an enormous victory for loving, married couples and their families, and affirms that they deserve equal treatment under the law. This victory demonstrates the importance of access to marriage, and gives married same-sex couples access to the tangible benefits of the federal safety net, allowing them to better protect one another and their children.