More Federal Privileges to Extend to Same-Sex Couples

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When Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC started the Nontraditional Couples and Families Practice in 2001, I would speak to groups about same-sex couples not having the ability to use any Federal laws regarding marital status .  There were about 1,400 laws from the Federal government unavailable to married same-sex couples. Then it became about 1,100 laws that same sex couples  were excluded from.  Now I am happy to say that the Obama administration and the Justice Department will instruct all of its employees across the country, for the first time, to give lawful same-sex marriage sweeping equal protection under the law in every program it administers.  In a new policy memo, the department will spell out the rights of married same-sex couples.

Some of the federal rights you now have are: the right to decline giving testimony that might incriminate your spouse, eligibility to jointly file bankruptcy, and 1,098 more!  I will place the list on our blog, when it is out.

For more information, please follow the links to the two news articles below:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/09/us/more-federal-privileges-to-extend-to-same-sex-couples.html?_r=0

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2014/02/09/More-federal-privileges-to-be-extended-to-same-sex-couples/stories/201402090155

Maureen B. Cohon, Esquire – Chair, Nontraditional Couples and Families Group

 

 

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