Windsor v. U.S. held that same-sex marriages respected by the state of residence of a couple will be respected for federal purposes. This means that such couples now qualify for using the federal gift and estate tax marital deduction and for filing joint tax returns, among other benefits. Couples who are married in states that respect same-sex marriage and who move to a state that does not respect same-sex marriage are not covered by this ruling.
Stephen C. Hartnett, J.D., LL.M.
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