Benefit Plans and the Defense of Marriage Act on


NEW YORK—On June 26, 2013 the Supreme Court held in United States v. Windsor that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 (DOMA) unconstitutionally encroached on states’ rights to regulate marriage. Section 3 of DOMA prohibited for purposes of federal law the recognition of same-sex marriages. Now that the Court has struck down Section 3 of DOMA, employers must navigate a patchwork of state laws as they work to expand federally protected rights and benefits to treat same-sex spouses equally . Find out how this ruling has affected employers’ benefit plans in the latest edition of HR Corner.