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Supreme Court overturns Defense of Marriage Act

The Supreme Court issued rulings on two highly-anticipated cases on gay marriage June 26th. By 5-4, it ruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, is unconstitutional.

The 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, was signed into law by President Bill Clinton, barring federal recognition of same-sex marriages for purposes such as Social Security survivors' benefits, insurance benefits, immigration and tax filing.In a separate ruling, it declined to take on the broader issue of gay marriage. The court decided that supporters of Proposition 8, a 2008 ballot measure that had outlawed same-sex marriages in the California, did not have standing to bring the case to the court.

This means that same-sex married couples can now file a joint bankruptcy.  Many jurisdictions have ignored the Defense of Marriage Act in recent years and allowed such filings.  The Supreme Court ruling eliminate any question.

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