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Many same-gender couples eligible for big tax refunds | VIDEO

NEW YORK -- Married same-sex couples who paid extra tax because the federal government didn't recognize their marriage are now eligible to get some of that money back.

The Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, defined marriage as between a man and a woman, which meant married same-sex couples had to file their taxes individually. But the Supreme Court's summer ruling overturned that law.

Same-gender married military couples win federal lawsuit

BOSTON -- Judge Richard Stearns of the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts today entered judgment in favor of the same-gender married couples who challenged the laws that discriminated against them in the military.

Kentucky wants marriage lawsuit tossed out of federal court

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Commonwealth of Kentucky has asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that challenges the state’s ban on same-gender marriage.

Gregory Bourke and Michael De Leon, who were married in Canada almost a decade ago, filed a lawsuit in July in federal court in Louisville. They want the state to recognize legal marriages from other states or countries so that they will be given the same rights and benefits of opposite-gender couples who wed.

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Legal Lesson: The importance of DOMA being struck down

(Editor's note: SDGLN welcomes James Rudolph as a legal columnist for SDGLN. He will write about immigration issues. See his photo below on the left and read his mini-biography at the bottom of his first column.)

First, congratulations to having a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) overturned. That was a very important step in gaining rights and the respect of the federal government. That U.S. Supreme Court ruling directly impacts equality in immigration rights.

The battles that remain for LGBT equality in the military

WASHINGTON — Today, on the two-year anniversary of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), the discriminatory policy that prevented LGBT service members from serving openly, the Center for American Progress released a report offering recommendations for the military to achieve full equality for its LGBT service members.

New federal guidance issued on same-gender marriages and employee benefit plans

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced new guidance interpreting the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor.

In a technical release, the department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration provides guidance to plans, plan sponsors, fiduciaries, participants and beneficiaries on the decision’s impact on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.

ACTION ALERT: Stop National Guard discrimination against same-gender military spouses

WASHINGTON – In response to resistance on the part of several state National Guards to extend benefits to same-gender spouses of military members, the ACLU and the American Military Partner Association have launched a petition to the Defense Department that calls on it to reaffirm that all married military personnel must be treated equally, and that state National Guards cannot simply choose to ignore this order by denying same-gender military couples equal access to the benefits to which they are entitled.

DOMA heroine Edith Winsor to headline Constitution Day luncheon

WASHINGTON – Edith Windsor, the winning plaintiff in the landmark case in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional, will be one of the guests at a Constitution Day event on Sept. 17.

Windsor and her legal team, including co-counsel Pamela Karlan, will speak about their remarkable legal journey to advance equality for LGBT Americans. Roberta Kaplan, Supreme Court Counsel of Record in the United States v. Winsor lawsuit, will also be part of the panel.

“Same-Sex Homebuyers 101” forum set for Saturday at The Center in Hillcrest

Home ownership, the American dream, is now available for married gay and lesbian couples.

Although gay couples have always been able to own property, it is not until recently, with the overturning of Section 3 of DOMA and the Supreme Court ruling against California’s Proposition 8, that have we fully been able to embrace the same benefits as opposite-sex couples that help to make homeownership more of a dream.

Military same-gender spouses eligible for benefits today

WASHINGTON – The same-gender spouses of military service members become eligible today to receive a range of federal benefits, thanks to a Department of Defense policy change that was announced last month implementing the U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Starting today, spousal and family benefits will be available to all legally-married military spouses.

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