Marriage Equality

An Overview of Federal Rights and Protections Granted to Married Couples

sgl coupleThere are 1,138 benefits, rights and protections provided on the basis of marital status in Federal law. [1] Because the Defense of Marriage Act defines “marriage” as only a legal union between one man and one woman, same-sex couples – even if legally married in their state – will not be considered spouses for purposes of federal law.

The following is a summary of several categories of federal laws contingent upon marital status.

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