Benefits for Same-Sex Couples: Impact of the DOMA Decision

On June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued a landmark decision regarding same-sex marriage. In U.S. v. Windsor, the Supreme Court affirmed lower federal court decisions striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which had defined “marriage” for federal purposes as a legal union between one man and one woman, and a spouse as an opposite sex husband or wife. About one month after the decision (August 6, 2013), the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans administered a survey to measure organizations’ reactions to the DOMA ruling. The survey found the majority of organizations, 77.1 percent reacted positively to the DOMA ruling, however two-thirds (66 percent) still needed further clarification and guidance on the ruling’s complete impact before making major changes to their employee benefits and policies.

View the full survey results: Benefits for Same-Sex Couples: Impact of the DOMA Decision

Survey Results



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