[IMGCAP(1)]A recent federal appeals court decision has same-sex couples taking note. In Windsor v United States, the court allowed an estate tax marital deduction to the surviving spouse of a same-sex couple, striking down the Defense of Marriage Act definition of marriage as unconstitutional.

DOMA is a federal law that defines marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman. This means that same-sex marriages are not recognized for federal purposes, including insurance benefits for government employees, Social Security survivor benefits, and the filing of joint tax returns.

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