On behalf of <span class="byline-firm-name">Lake Toback Attorneys</span>
The best news for same sex couples occurred on June 26, 2013 when the Supreme Court, in an historic ruling, struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.
The Good News:
In the 13 states that recognize same sex marriage, the couple should be able to, among other things: (1) file joint federal income tax returns; (2) receive tax benefits for estate planning purposes; (3) apply for a green card for a spouse.
The Bad News:
In the states that do not recognize same sex marriage, federal benefits are probably not available for same sex couples. So for example, in a state like Illinois that recognizes civil unions but not same sex marriages, you still will not be able to file a joint income tax return.
More Good News:
Look forward to a plethora of lawsuits challenging individual states’ DOMA.