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Same-Sex Marriages and Benefit Plans After Windsor

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Windsor v. United States, No. 12-307. The Court ruled (in a 5-4 decision) that the section of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that required federal...more

United States v. Windsor: A New Direction in Planning for Same-Sex Couples

On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor1 overturned Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA"), which had defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman.2 As a result, married...more

Civil Union Partnerships: Congratulations And Be Aware

Earlier this year, Governor Pat Quinn signed the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act (the “Civil Union Act”). ...more

Becoming Civilized: Civil Unions in Illinois

Discussion of the new Illinois law establishing Civil Unions. While this new legal status is welcomed by many, there are many unanswered questions about how the law will be implemented and what it will mean for opposite or...more

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