DOMA: What Happens Next?
June 26, 2013 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
The Supreme Court victory in United States v. Windsor striking down the discriminatory federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) affirms that all loving and committed couples who are married deserve equal legal respect and treatment from the federal government. The demise of DOMA marks a turning point in how the United States government treats the relationships of married same-sex couples for federal programs that are linked to being married. At the same time, a turning point is part of a longer journey, not the end of the road. There is much work ahead before same-sex couples living across the nation can enjoy all the same protections as their different-sex counterparts.
Find out more about what the ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act means for you and your family with the LGBT Organization Fact Sheet Series.
April 16, 2014