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Federal Election Commission Rules Same-Sex Spouses Must be Treated Equally Under Election Law

federal election commission sealPost submitted by Eric Cameron, HRC Digital Media Specialist

In response to the Supreme Court striking down part of the Defense of the Marriage Act (DOMA), the Federal Election Commission ruled yesterday that legally married same-sex couples must be treated in the same manner as opposite-sex couples under election law.
 
Same-sex couples with a single income will now be permitted to make a single campaign contribution from a joint bank account. The panel also concluded that same-sex spouses of federal candidates are considered family members under campaign finance rules.
 
Today marks the one-month anniversary of the Supreme Court striking down DOMA’s Section 3 and returning marriage equality to California. You can find a series of comprehensive fact sheets on how the DOMA ruling will affect you and your family here. Some resources are available in Spanish.
 
Stay tuned to the HRC blog as federal agencies continue to determine how they will implement the Supreme Court’s ruling.

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