06/26/2013 06:31 pm ET

Supreme Court Simplifies Gay Divorce


On Wednesday, the Supreme Court overturned the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which denied federal benefits to same-sex spouses in states where gay marriage is legal. The decision also has implications for divorces. “Before this ruling, there was no legal framework to deal with the dissolution of the marriage,” says Brian Moulton, legal director for Human Rights Campaign, a nonprofit advocacy group in Washington, D.C.

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