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The Effect of DOMA on Employers

The Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) is the federal law that defined marriage as being solely between a man and woman. On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the fate of DOMA in United States v. Windsor. In that case, the Supreme Court held that the provision of DOMA prohibiting the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages was unconstitutional. Although it is still unknown how the ruling will affect the workplace long-term or how it will affect same-sex couples in states that do not recognize same-sex marriages, the decision has currently resulted in many changes particularly in the way benefits are provided for employees by employers.

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