Many sources say that the federal government provides more than 1,000 benefits to couples that it currently recognizes as married. These benefits are now denied to same sex married couples, even if they married in a state where such marriages are legal.
In 2004 the US General Accounting Office published a list of the government code sections that affect the rights and duties of couples whose marriages are recognized by the federal government. There, no doubt, have been some changes to the list since then. However, this list should give you, or your attorney, a good starting point to begin understanding those benefits and duties if the US Supreme Court does overturn Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act.
If you got to this page using Internet Explorer, the print in the list is small. You may have trouble reading it at first. To increase the size of the print, while you have the list on the screen, look for a plus and a minus sign near the top of the screen. To the right of those signs you will see a number followed by % sign. Click on the arrow to the right of the % sign and choose any magnification you like.
It should not be necessary to do this if you got to this page using Google Chrome.
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