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"AFTER DOMA: WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU"
LGBT Organizations Fact Sheet Series details many of the ways federal agencies accord legal
respect to married same-sex couples. The guide includes 14 factsheets on the following topics:
Bankruptcy, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Federal Employee Benefits,
Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Immigration, Medicaid, Medicare, Military Spousal Benefits,
Private Employment Benefits, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Taxes, Temporary
Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Veteran Spousal Benefits.
There are more than 1,100 places in federal law where a protection or responsibility is based on
marital status. The ruling striking down DOMA will not be effective until 25 days from the decision,
but even when effective, federal agencies—large bureaucracies—may need and take some time
to change forms, implement procedures, train personnel, and efficiently incorporate same-sex
couples into the spousal-based system. Until same-sex couples can marry in every state in the
nation, there will be uncertainty about the extent to which same-sex spouses will receive federal
marital-based protections nationwide. For federal programs that assess marital status based on
the law of a state that does not respect marriages of same-sex couples, those state laws will likely
pose obstacles for legally married couples and surviving spouses in accessing federal protections
The fact sheet series was 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 and OutServe-SLDN.
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Los Angeles, CA 90067
tel. (310) 247-9913
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