DOMA Ruling Will Spark New Employee Benefits Challenges

Law360, New York (June 26, 2013, 8:58 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Wednesday declaring the Defense of Marriage Act’s definition of marriage unconstitutional will open up a wealth of new federal benefits for same-sex couples and prompt employers to quickly review retirement and health plans as they try to chart a new course through a complex legal landscape with little federal guidance, attorneys say.

The high court's landmark gay rights ruling struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage for the purpose of federal benefits as a union between a man and a woman. By striking down the provision, the decision immediately extended...

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