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The Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act: What it Means

The Supreme Court’s historic ruling striking down Section 3 of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is an enormous victory for loving, married couples and their families, and affirms that they deserve equal treatment under the law. Read the introductory FAQ.

pensionsPrivate Employment Issues and Benefits

This Guidance addresses some of the marriage-related issues regarding employer-sponsored retirement plans and health insurance benefits that are regulated by federal law.

Benefits and Protections for Civilian Federal Employees and their Spouses

Current and former civilian employees of the federal government may be eligible for an array of protections and benefits for their spouses.

family and medical leave for same sex families after DOMAFamily and Medical Leave Act for Non-Federal Employees

This guidance addresses the rights that non-federal employees and their same-sex spouses should expect to receive under the FLMA now that DOMA has been struck down.

Federal Taxes

Summarizes a few of the many tax issues potentially affecting married same-sex couples now that DOMA has been invalidated.

student loansThe Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

This guidance addresses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


These FAQs address some of the questions we anticipate LGBT families with immigration issues will have following a Supreme Court decision striking down DOMA.


Medicaid is a health insurance program for very low-income people who meet certain guidelines.

social securitySocial Security & Family Protections

This guidance addresses Social Security spousal benefits:  when one spouse retires; in the event of disability; and when one spouse has passed away.

same-sex military spousal benefitsMilitary Spousal Benefits

This guidance addresses the allowances and benefits provided to service members who are married (or who have another qualified dependent).

same-sex veteran spouse benefitsVeteran’s Spousal Benefits

This guidance addresses the two categories of veterans who receive benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs: qualified non-retired veterans and retirees.

Supplemental Security Income for Aged, Blind, and Disabled (SSI)

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays a modest cash benefit to people who are at least age 65 and meet financial limits or have severe disabilities and very limited income and resources.

same-sex SSI benefitsMedicare Spousal Protections

This guidance addresses the spousal protections of Medicare, the federal health insurance program for adults 65 and older, as well as for certain younger people with disabilities. 


Now that DOMA has been struck down, this guidance provides basic information about bankruptcy filings, how being married matters in bankruptcy proceedings, and what married same-sex couples can expect.

TANFTemporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a federally-funded program run by states that provides limited cash assistance to extremely low-income parents and their children.

This series of fact sheets produced together by:
American Civil Liberties Union | Center for American Progress | Family Equality Council | Freedom to Marry | Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders | Human Rights Campaign | Immigration Equality | Lambda Legal | National Center for Lesbian Rights | National Gay and Lesbian Task Force | OutServe-SLDN.