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Best of 2013: The Single Largest Granting of Rights to Lesbian and Gay Couples in History

The Year of Greatest Accomplishments for the LGBT movementWhen the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act, it affirmed that all loving and committed couples who are married deserve equal legal respect and treatment from the federal government.

The demise of DOMA marked a turning point in how the U.S. government treats the relationships of married same-sex couples for federal programs that are linked to being married.

Thanks to the Obama administration’s interpretation of the decision in United States vs. Windsor, legally married same-sex couples can:

These are just some of the unprecedented number of milestones in the Year of Greatest Accomplishments for the LGBT movement. Learn more at

To learn more about the Windsor decision and how it might impact your access to federal benefits, visit

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