08/02/2013 07:42 pm ET

What The End Of DOMA Means (And Doesn't Mean) For Divorcing Same-Sex Couples


In a widely celebrated decision, the U.S. Supreme Court last month struck down a key provision of the “Defense of Marriage” Act (DOMA).

So, now that the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman has been declared unconstitutional, federal benefits from agencies such as the Social Security Administration, Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Internal Revenue Service and Department of Defense will be extended to same-sex couples in legal marriages. Plus, it opens the door for federal recognition of marriages between gays, and is being hailed as a civil rights victory.

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