Defense of Marriage Act Discrimination

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is a United States federal statute enacted in 1996 which defines marriage as a union exclusively between a man and woman for the purposes of federal programs and benefits. In... more +
The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is a United States federal statute enacted in 1996 which defines marriage as a union exclusively between a man and woman for the purposes of federal programs and benefits. In addition, DOMA provides that individual states are not required to recognize marriages between gays and lesbians who are legally married in other states. less -
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Same-Sex Marriage Recognized as Valid in Non-Recognition State for Purposes of Interpreting the Bankruptcy Code

As a result of two Federal trial court decisions issued May 19, 2014 and May 20, 2014, Oregon and Pennsylvania became the 18th and 19th states where gay and lesbian couples can legally marry. In these decisions, U.S....more

President Obama to Use His “Pen and Phone” to Expand LGBT Workplace Protections

June 2014 is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride month, and President Obama is set to mark the month by using his “pen and phone” approach to expand workplace protections for LGBT individuals. Frustrated with...more

Labor And Employment Law 2013: A Year-End Review

I. New Laws and Regulations - A. Federal - Following U.S. Supreme Court Decision, Federal Agencies Extend Definition of “Spouse” to Persons in Same-Sex Marriages. In United States v. Windsor, 133 S. Ct. 2675...more

Monthly Benefits Update - December 2013

The following are the most significant employee benefits-related legal developments that occurred in December of 2013. At the beginning of 2013, after considering feedback from our clients and contacts who work in the...more

Federal District Court (In Its Capacity As An Employer) Must Reimburse Employee for the Cost of Health Benefits for her Same-Sex...

The Ninth Circuit Judicial Council, an administrative body that reviews decisions of the court’s chief judge, recently weighed in on an issue involving same-sex domestic partner health benefits in the post-Windsor world. The...more

Immigration Alert: October 2013

I. USCIS Instructs on Immigration Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses - On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States ("SCOTUS") held that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA") was unconstitutional....more

Employment Law -- Sep 12, 2013

Federal Agencies Respond to Supreme Court’s DOMA Ruling - In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down part of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), federal agencies are starting to respond with new...more

Legal Alert: Fall of the DOMA-n Empire: Practical Employee Benefits Implications

On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court decided United States v. Windsor, striking down Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional and holding that same-sex marriages recognized under state law...more

Employee Benefits Challenges After the Supreme Court’s DOMA Ruling

The ruling on Wednesday by the Supreme Court of the United States, that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, will immediately extend to legally married same-sex couples a host of federal...more

DOMA is Gone, What Effect Does it Have on Immigration?

The Supreme Court unequivocally affirmed that there is no legitimate reason for the federal government to discriminate against married couples on account of their sexual orientation. In United States v. Windsor, the Justices...more

After DOMA: Impacts on Tax and Benefits Planning

What Federal benefits should be afforded to same-sex spouses as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision? The Supreme Court’s rulings in United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry will have far-reaching legal...more

Landmark US Supreme Court Decision May Extend US Tax Benefits to UK Civil Partners

On Wednesday, 26 June 2013, the US Supreme Court ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), which limits the definition of “marriage” to “a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife” and...more

DOMA is Doomed as Windsor Expands Federal Employment Benefits and Protections to Married Same-Sex Couples

In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) in its landmark decision, United States v. Windsor, 570 U.S. __ (2013). ...more

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling: Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA")

While the U.S. Supreme Court(the “Court”) ruled section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) unconstitutional, that does not mean that the changes for human resources departments and employee benefits plans can be...more

DOMA struck down - what this means for your employee benefits plans

On Wednesday the US Supreme Court ruled that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. We believe that this ruling will require employers to review and possibly amend many of their retirement and...more

Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) held Unconstitutional by United States Supreme Court

After hearing arguments in March, yesterday — in a landmark 5-4 decision — the Supreme Court struck down DOMA. DOMA was section 3 of a 1996 law which explicitly defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman for...more

U.S. Supreme Court Decisions on DOMA and Same-Sex Marriage Have Far-Reaching Implications for Employers

On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered two much-anticipated decisions that will have sweeping and significant implications for same-sex married couples. The Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor declared...more

Supreme Court Decides the Fate of Same-Sex Marriages

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decisions in two same-sex marriage cases. In Hollingsworth v. Perry, No. 12-144, the Court ruled that the proponents of a popular voter initiative that reversed...more

US Supreme Court Weighs-In on Same-Sex Marriage

For Canadians, yesterday’s landmark same-sex decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court probably seems ho-hum. In Ontario, it’s been over 10 years since the Court of Appeal held that the legal definition marriage cannot exclude...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Defense of Marriage Act is Unconstitutional

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 vote that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. The decision in United States v. Windsor means that same-sex couples who are married under state law...more

The Supreme Court Decision on the Defense of Marriage Act: An Employer’s Perspective

In a closely watched and eagerly anticipated decision, the Supreme Court, in United States v. Windsor, __ U.S. ___ (June 26, 2013) has overturned Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which limited the definition of...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules DOMA Unconstitutional in Estate Tax Case

The Supreme Court has held that the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) is unconstitutional. DOMA defined “marriage” and “spouse” to the exclusion of same-sex partners for purposes of federal law....more

Tax Law Blog: Tax Implications of DOMA Ruling

The Supreme Court’s ruling in the case of Windsor v. United States, holding part of the Defense Of Marriage Act unconstitutional, will have important tax repercussions....more

Unconstitutionality of Defense Of Marriage Act Has Broad Reaching Implications For Tax and Wealth Planning And Tax Compliance Of...

This morning, the Supreme Court issued two historic rulings on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. The first ruling, in a 5-4 decision, struck down as unconstitutional a key provision of the federal Defense of...more

A Summary of the U.S. Supreme Court Decisions This Week Which Will Affect Employers

Windsor v. United States - Issue: Can the federal government define marriage? Holding: No. Loser: The federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was passed in 1996 and signed by President Clinton, was...more

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