The Financial Effects of the Downfall of DOMA on Married Same-Sex Couples

There are sure to be many financial ramifications for married same-sex couples across the United States after the Supreme Court’s decision this summer in the case of United States v. Windsor striking down Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which had defined marriage federally as being between one man and one … Continue reading The Financial Effects of the Downfall of DOMA on Married Same-Sex Couples

Two Months After SCOTUS’s Landmark DOMA Ruling: Who is Married?

In June, 2013, the United States Supreme Court declared Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), to be unconstitutional in the landmark case of United States v. Windsor 570 U.S. ___ (2013) (Docket No. 12-307).  As a result, the federal government must treat same-sex married couples and opposite-sex married couples equally in its … Continue reading Two Months After SCOTUS’s Landmark DOMA Ruling: Who is Married?

Amid Constitutional Challenge, A Chance For Same-Sex Couples to Recoup Overpayments in Taxes

Last week, the United States Supreme Court heard two very important cases concerning the federal rights and benefits of LGBT individuals throughout the country.  In particular, the case of Windsor v. United States presents a very real opportunity for the Supreme Court to consider and possibly to strike down the Federal Defense of Marriage Act … Continue reading Amid Constitutional Challenge, A Chance For Same-Sex Couples to Recoup Overpayments in Taxes

Social Security Benefits and DOMA: Know Your Rights, Protect Your Benefits

As we all know, the Defense of Marriage Act disqualifies same-sex married couples from the innumerable federal benefits of marriage, including social security benefits.  At least two federal lawsuits are challenging the legality of DOMA, one of which is presently before the United States Supreme Court. Boston-based GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) has … Continue reading Social Security Benefits and DOMA: Know Your Rights, Protect Your Benefits

Election 2012: Voters Weigh In On Marriage Equality; Maine, Maryland, and Washigton State endorse Same-Sex Marriage

On November 6, 2012, voters in four states - Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington - were asked to weigh in directly on the issue of same-sex marriages. For up to the minute updates on the results of these ballot measures, visit the Huffington Post's excellent maps and data. Voters throughout the nation on Tuesday voted … Continue reading Election 2012: Voters Weigh In On Marriage Equality; Maine, Maryland, and Washigton State endorse Same-Sex Marriage

Manhattan Businessman Disinherits his Gay Son’s Children; Legal Challenge Filed

As reported over the weekend by the New York Post, the son of a well-known Manhattan businessman has challenged a provision in his father's will that disinherits his grandchildren unless they are born to a heterosexual married couple.  According to the New York Post: The edict surfaced in the will of Manhattan businessman Frank Mandelbaum, … Continue reading Manhattan Businessman Disinherits his Gay Son’s Children; Legal Challenge Filed

‘Til Death Do Us Part: State Residency Requirements and the Gay Divorce Dilemma

Background.  Since Massachusetts legally recognized the right of same-sex couples to marry in 2004, tens of thousands of couples from around Massachusetts and around the country have tied the knot here in the Commonwealth.  As we know, the status of marriage provides countless benefits to gay and straight couples alike in areas ranging from inheritance … Continue reading ‘Til Death Do Us Part: State Residency Requirements and the Gay Divorce Dilemma