What Benefits, And What Disadvantages, Do Married Couples Get?
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 offered to same sex married couples, 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, the list should give you, or your attorney, a good starting point to begin understanding those benefits and duties now that the US Supreme Court has overturned 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.
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Since the Supreme Court overturned Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, we have issued a series of, so called, Monday Morning Marriage Memos in which we try to explain in detail the benefits, and some of the disadvantages of getting married. We do this on the assumption that most same sex couples ignored what those rights and disadvantages are because they assumed that same sex couples would never be allowed to marry.
We provide links to those memos, below. Feel free to review them. But please note, the person who wrote them is neither an attorney or a qualified tax expert. No action should be taken based solely on these articles. However they may provide you with some useful questions to ask when you do seek advice from an attorney or a qualified tax person.
To see a map of the US showing which states allow same sex marriage, and of pending court cases on same sex marriage, click here.
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