defense of marriage act http://kbia.org en What DOMA means for Missouri http://kbia.org/post/what-doma-means-missouri <p></p><p>The Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA Wedensday. It’s &nbsp;a provision of a federal law that denies federal benefits to married gay couples.</p><p></p><p>For the states that have legalized gay marriage (12 of them, and the District of Columbia), it’s clear what the impact of this decision will be for same-sex couples in those states.&nbsp; Their spouses will now be entitled to the same federal benefits as straight couples, which was not the case in the past. But the result is murkier in the other 38 states where gay marriage is not legally protected (like in Missouri). Wed, 26 Jun 2013 22:00:11 +0000 Ryan Famuliner, Rachel Lippmann & Jacob McCleland & Jennifer Davidson 36099 at http://kbia.org What DOMA means for Missouri After DOMA: What's Next For Gay Married Couples http://kbia.org/post/after-doma-whats-next-gay-married-couples The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision Wednesday to <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/06/26/195857796/supreme-court-strikes-down-defense-of-marriage-act">overturn the Defense of Marriage Act</a> is a monumental victory for advocates of same-sex marriage.<p>But what happens now that the 1996 federal law that confines marriage to a man and a woman has been declared unconstitutional?<p>Will federal benefits flow only to same-sex married couples living in states that recognize their unions?<p>What about same-sex spouses who are legally married but living in states that ban such unions?<p Wed, 26 Jun 2013 21:02:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 36079 at http://kbia.org After DOMA: What's Next For Gay Married Couples Court Overturns DOMA, Sidesteps Broad Gay Marriage Ruling http://kbia.org/post/supreme-court-strikes-down-defense-marriage-act The Supreme Court issued rulings on two highly-anticipated cases on gay marriage today. By 5-4, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/06/26/195863800/read-the-rulings-inside-the-same-sex-marriage-decisions">it ruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, is unconstitutional.</a><p>In a separate ruling, it declined to take on the broader issue of gay marriage. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 14:13:36 +0000 editor 36073 at http://kbia.org Court Overturns DOMA, Sidesteps Broad Gay Marriage Ruling