The Supreme Court holds Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional

06/27/2013 | Journal of Accountancy online

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act violates equal protection by treating same-sex couples who are lawfully married differently from opposite-sex married couples. The decision, which involved a widow in a same-sex couple having to pay federal estate tax, has wide-reaching implications.

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