Federal Benefits for Same-Sex Married Couples
Over the past several decades, the tide has been dramatically shifting in regards to the civil rights of LGBT individuals. Today, same-sex couples are afforded federal marriage benefits similar to those that heterosexual married couples have been enjoying for centuries. In the summer of 2013, the United States Supreme Court decided that defining marriage as only between a man and woman violates the Equal Protection Clause. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that defining marriage as such is unconstitutional.
The Impact of the US Supreme Court Decision Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage
This landmark decision grants same-sex couples the right to officially be married, which is a large factor in over a thousand federal laws. These laws often provide the married couple with protections, rights, and benefits. One of the biggest benefits that have been traditionally denied to same-sex couples is Social Security benefits such as spousal survivor, retirement, and lump-sum death benefits. Additionally, LGBT couples can now legally take advantage of tax benefits like filing joint income tax returns, estate taxes, and life estate trusts. Same-sex couples are also now entitled to veteran, military, federal employment, health insurance, and immigration benefits.
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The family law attorneys at ZAVOS LAW have been frontrunners in the fight to set legal precedents for families in the LGBT community. We are uniquely qualified to help our clients manage a wide range of family law issues such as divorce, adoption, assisted reproductive technology (ART), surrogacy, child custody, life planning, and transgender law. Our compassionate team of experts has been fighting for legal protections for the LGBT community long before the Supreme Court decided to reaffirm this human right.
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