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Same-Sex Legal Issues

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Why Dissolving a Legal LGBT Relationship Is Unclear

The federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) defines marriage as a union of a man and a woman for federal purposes. But DOMA also expressly gives states the right to [more…]

How to Get Divorced in States Banning Same-Sex Unions

If you want to divorce a same-sex partner in a state that bans same-sex unions and divorces, it depends on where you were married. All divorces require the intervention of a court of law where a judge [more…]

Legal Limbo Created by State Laws Regarding Same-Sex Marriage and Divorce

As long as states refuse to grant divorces to LGBT couples, gay men and lesbians who were married or entered into a civil union in a legal equality state will continue to be mired in a legal limbo. This [more…]

Does DOMA Prevent Pension Benefits for Surviving Same-Sex Spouses?

Because of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), employers can disregard the rights of an LGBT employee’s partner as a legitimate beneficiary of his or her employee’s pension funds. The federal definition of [more…]

How to Designate Your Same-Sex Partner as Beneficiary

DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) blocks an LGBT partner’s right to collect his or her deceased partner’s Social Security benefits as well as other federally regulated pension and retirement funds. When a [more…]

Federal Income Tax Filing Options for LGBT Couples

Same-sex couples who are legally married, in a civil union, or in a registered domestic partnership must treat federal and state tax returns differently. Because the Internal Revenue Service [more…]

Why Some LGBT Couples Refuse to Lie on Federal Tax Forms

The IRS compels LGBT married couples to lie about their marital status on their federal income tax return forms. But as more and more states allow same-sex marriages, there is increasing tension between [more…]

Ten Ways the Law Harms the LGBT Community

Gays and lesbians face many legal hurdles in their daily lives. Knowing how the law hurts you is important because you can then take action to effect change. Here are ten ways the law hurts same-sex couples [more…]

What Are DOMA's Effects on LGBT Couples?

The federal DOMA (Defense of marriage Act) remains the law of the land. Although the Obama administration believes DOMA to be unconstitutional, and his Justice Department recently asked the Supreme Court [more…]

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