DOMA HAS BEEN STRUCK DOWN!
Victory for All Married Gay and Lesbian Couples in New York! Today, June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court decided in United States v. Windsor that section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) is unconstitutional because it violates the equal protection and due process principles of the Constitution. Once the decision takes effect, married same-sex couples residing in New York can enjoy the benefits, privileges and obligations of a marriage under federal law. These benefits include: filing joint federal taxes, sponsoring a spouse for immigration benefits, and receiving Social Security, federal pensions and veterans' benefits. The decision does not change whether other states have to recognize the validity of a New York marriage of a same-sex couple. We recommend that you contact a lawyer for more information if you are planning on moving out of state. Look out for an updated Know Your Rights: Frequently Asked Questions About New York's Marriage Equality Act pamphlet from the NYCLU. If you have any questions, call NYCLU at (212) 607-3300 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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