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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
DOMA Donesky! What Does This Mean For "Domestic Partners" and the "Civilly United"?
I'm still digesting the SCOTUS' decisions in the Federal DOMA and California Prop. 8 cases. The short take-away is that it is probable (though I will never say certain) that the thousand-plus references to the rights/obligations of "spouses", in Federal laws and regulations, will now include same-sex couples who are "spouses" under the laws of the state in which they contracted a "marriage". It is not yet clear is whether or not those folks who have a state-recognized relationship which is called something other than "marriage" will fall within that umbrella.