The United States Supreme Court has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as an unconstitutional violation of the "equal liberty" protections of the 5th Amendment.
The dispute in U.S. v. Windsor * began when Edie Windsor filed a...
In a case that began with a claim for a refund of estate taxes paid, Judge Barbara S. Jones of the Southern District of New York ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause of the 5th Amendment....
By Philip J. Michaels , Stephanie E. Heilborn and Jaclyn Gail Feffer
On June 24, 2011, New York enacted the Marriage Equality Act (the "Act"), becoming the seventh jurisdiction in the U.S. to permit same-sex marriages, effective July 24,...
This past week marked a significant change in the area of hospital visitation rights. Under new regulations implemented by President Obama, hospitals that participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs (i.e., most U.S. hospitals) must allow patients to...
The U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts has issued
decisions declaring the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)
unconstitutional. Employers should be aware that the decisions could
have significant implications for employee benefit...