Same-Sex Marriage in California


Scott D. Fisher assists the LGBT community with their essential legal needs including marriage and domestic partnership issues, and estate planning, business and real estate matters.

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The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that all married couples in California – including same‑sex couples – must be treated by the federal government as married persons, with equal rights and respect.

The Supreme Court struck down an important aspect of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which had required that the federal government treat same‑sex couples as unmarried and prohibited the federal government from granting any of the federal benefits, protections, responsibilities based upon marriage to same‑sex married couples.

Through this ruling, a same‑sex married couple can now take advantage of the commonly identified federal benefits associated with the right to marry including, but not limited to, rights to a spouse's Social Security, survivor and retirement benefits, income and estate tax benefits (e.g., married and filing jointly within a couple's income tax returns), veteran's benefits available to spouses and immigration benefits.

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