Tom Harris (left) and Brian Mahieu, along the Katy Trail this past October with their greyhounds Kai and Commando. The couple decided to marry after the Supreme Court repealed Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act.
The Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA Wedensday. It’s a provision of a federal law that denies federal benefits to married gay couples.
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. 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).