On Wednesday morning, Sean Brooks and his husband and partner of nearly ten years, Steven Infante, were gathered in an office with their attorneys, family members and a sheaf of legal documents. It would be the second time that the couple appeared before a judge to petition for a green card for Mr. Infante. Otherwise, Read More
In a city where many residents’ wealth is wrapped up in their real estate, the ability to pass on a co-op, condo or townhouse to a surviving spouse without paying taxes is a significant benefit. But until this morning, even in New York—one of the handful of states in the country where same-sex marriage is legal—same-sex spouses were not exempted from federal inheritance taxes. Taxes that, when applied to a couple’s lifetime savings and particularly their home, could significantly reduce the value of an estate for the surviving spouse.
Now, in the wake of the Supreme Court decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, surviving same-sex spouses will be able to inherit real estate and other property tax-free—one of the federal benefits that have long been extended to other married couples. Read More
The rainbow flags, T-shirts and pins that have traditionally decorated the Stonewall Inn took on new significance today with the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, conferring federal benefits that were previously reserved for opposite-sex marriages on married same-sex couples.
Patrons filtered into the historic bar, the site of the 1969 Read More
Today the United States Supreme Court issued a monumental pair of rulings to expand gay rights, deeming section three of the Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 law denying federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples, unconstitutional.
The justices found in favor of Edie Windsor, who sued the federal government for failing Read More
In a reversal, President Obama ordered the Justice Department to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court.
Gay rights advocates had lambasted the president for effectively supporting the status quo by compelling the Justice Department to defend the Defense of Marriage Act; although Obama publicly criticized the policy, he said that responsibility Read More