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Last month the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act. The 5-4 decision effectively means that federal benefits afforded to married couples will also apply to same-sex couples married in the states that allow it. So, how does the supreme court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act affect places like Missouri? What might change for same-sex couples in our state? And will the ruling have any effect on businesses, taxing authorities and the like?
This week on Intersection, we’ll work through what is and is not changing with regard to marriage benefits in Missouri, and we’ll look a bit more into the legal context that led to the supreme court’s ruling.
Justin Dyer, assistant professor, MU Department of Political Science
Michelle Cecil, Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor, MU School of Law
A.J. Bockelman, executive director, PROMO