The DOMA Decision Deciphered: What it Means to Your Client


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The United States Supreme Court’s decision to strike down an important provision of the Defense of Marriage Act has immediate implications for same-sex couples throughout the nation. Gay and lesbian couples who are married in their home state or in other states that recognize same-sex marriage, may begin to enjoy hundreds of federal benefits previously denied to them. This program will explore the disparity between the rights and responsibilities of same-sex couples who live and marry in a recognition state and same-sex couples who marry in a recognition state but live in a state that prohibits same-sex marriages. The panel brings together some of the top national experts in LGBT law. They will discuss some of the benefits to gay and lesbian couples after the Windsor decision as well as the many questions that are now raised by the decision. This course is a must-see in order to keep abreast of this rapidly changing area of law!

Topics include:

  • Immigration law and sponsoring a same-sex spouse
  • Tax implications including the marital deduction, estate tax, and interspousal transfers
  • Federal benefits and privileges in general that are immediately available to same-sex couples and those that require further action by government
  • Family law and children of married gay and lesbian couples
  • Estate planning implications for married same-sex couples
  • President Obama’s response to the DOMA decision and how it will impact couples in the future
  • A legal analysis of the Court’s decisions and how it may have opened the door to a national recognition of same-sex marriage

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